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RECREATION/SPRING TRAVEL SOFTBALL
Apr. 30, 2015 Minors
Bonacci's grand slam drives Hamilton Mazda
Apr. 30: Isabella Bonacci's grand slam powered Hamilton Mazda to a 9-3 win over Princeton Chevy in the HGSA Minor Division. Emily Chu was solid in the circle for Mazda, while Olivia Simonelli hurled a strong five innings for Chevy.
Apr. 30 HGSA T-Ball
Foley and Loughlin pace Jem Trophies to win
Apr. 30: Jem Trophies defeated Destination Athlete, 15-11, in HGSA T-Ball play as Maya Foley had an RBI and Kelsey Loughlin made several nice put outs at first base. Destination Athlete's Brielle Walker and Arianna Irizzarry made nice contact to drive in runs.
Apr. 29, 2015 HGSA Major Division
Philburn's bunt goes long way for Nottingham Insurance
Apr. 29: Johnna Filipponi came home from second base on Katie Philburn's bunt to lift Nottingham Insurance past Hamilton Elks, 5-4, in the bottom of the seventh inning in HGSA Majors play. Filipponi (2 hits, 2 RBI) earned the win with support from Abby Simonelli (single, 2 runs), Macie Stoner (RBI) and Heather Kerlin (2 singles, run).
Gabbie Fonollosa (2 singles, run), Audrey Ighfeld (2 hits), Cierra Acevedo (single, run), Natalie Kozemchak (RBI, run, hit) and Samantha Leach (RBI) were offensive keys for the Elks.
Apr. 29, 2015 HGSA Senior Division
Bowen, Temmer, Taylor pace Investor’s Bank
Apr. 29: Investor’s Bank took an 8-3 win over Custom Impresssionz in HGSA Senior Division play as Tori Bowen started a fourth-inning rally with a leadoff double. Katie Temmer added a triple and made a big catch in the outfield, while Meredith Taylor hit two doubles. Kaylee “The Salad Princess” Whittaker struck out nine.
Apr. 28, 2015 HGSA Major Division
Classic Sub knocks Nottingham from unbeaten ranks
Apr. 28: Classic Sub Shop held on to hand Nottingham Insurance its first loss, 4-3, in HGSA Major Division play. Winning pitcher Cassidy Palyok and Tatum Hart combined on the mound duties. Jayden Glazewski and Lizzie Kelly both had a run and an RBI, while Hart and Sam Morrell also drove in runs as the Sub Shop improved to 4-2.
For Nottingham Insurance (5-1), Johnna Fillipponi had two hits, including her fourth triple of the season, and three RBIs, while Heather Kerlin collected two hits and two runs.
Apr. 27 HGSA Instructional
Hamilton Dental and Sir Speedy all tied up
Apr. 27: Hamilton Dental and Sir Speedy battled to a 6-6 tie in HGSA Instructional League play. Dental’s Braylie LaFisca and Speedy’s Gracyn Antosiewicz both threw well. Dental’s offense was led by Simone Pintinalli (hit, run), LaFisca (single, double, run), Jaida Hyman (2 hits), Angelina Canavera (hit, RBI), Kaitlyn Firestine (triple), Rosalie Horchuck (single, RBI) and Kaleigh Kapler (single).
Sir Speedy was paced by Maddie Wylie (single, RBI, run), Morgan Kotch (double, run), Anna Hughes (single, run) and Sophia Cannuli (single, RBI).
Apr. 25-26 Central Jersey A's Travel
14Us excel at Jenny Finch; 8Us got 1-1 in league play
Apr. 25, 2015 HGSA Instructional
Muni gets winning hit for Doctor’s Care Urgent Express
Apr. 25: Holly Muni’s game-winning single lifted Doctor's Care Urgent Express to a 5-4 win over Foley's Shop 'N' Bag in a well played HGSA Instructional Division game tonight. Abby Duffy pitched two strong innings for Doctor's, and Katie Simonka and Kaylee Mihalik each pitched solid innings for Foley's Shop 'N' Bag. Duffy and Kaila Castiglione drove in the first two runs of the game for Doctor's Care in the second inning.
Foley's chipped into the lead in the top of the fourth when Katie "Birthday Girl" Simonka drove in Kayla Foy with her second double of the day. Foley's took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth when Brenna Riddell, Amber DeWitt, Rylee Milhalak and Samantha Whyland strung together hits. In the bottom of the fifth, Doctor's Express Samantha Gray drove in Abby Duffy to cut the lead to 1 and Cara Weaver tied the game by tripling home Gray. Muni followed with her big hit.
Apr. 25, 2015 HGSA T-Ball
Rodriguez, Chirichella pace Spin Doctor’s
Apr. 25: Spin Doctor's Laundromat defeated Destination Athlete, 10-5, today in HGSA T-Ball play as Gianna Rodriguez and Emily Chirichella each had two hits and two RBI. Claudia Fisher scored twice for Spin Doctor. Destination Athlete's Amber Buck made several nice plays from the pitcher's position. Arianna Irizzarry, Xiomara Santiago and Danica Spak all had two hits.
Jem Trophies and Hamilton Horizons Credit Union tie
Apr. 25: McKenna Fisher, Rowan Lacy and Kennedy Daferede had two hits each in Jem Trophies 14-14 tie with Hamilton Horizons Credit Union in HGSA T-Ball play tonight. Brooke Dewitt and Autumn Dewitt each had two RBI for Hamilton Horizons and Jenna Albertson played great defense in the outfield. Jem Trophies' Angelica Roman made a nice play at the pitcher position, while Giuliana Brown got an out at second and Jade Van Hise and Nikki Donovan each had two hits.
Apr. 24, 2015 Instructional
Foley’s four-run outbursts spark win over Dental
Apr. 24: Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag scored four runs each in the first and fifth innings and took a 9-1 win over Hamilton Dental in HGSA Instructional Softball play tonight. Jamison Misier had an inside-the-park home run and Kylee Perez went 2-for-2 with two RBI for Foley’s (3-1). Dental's Angelina Canavera went 2-for-2.
Apr. 23 HGSA T-Ball
Cantor, Renalt, Riddell pace Hamilton Horizons
Apr. 23: Sienna Cantor, Sophia Renalt and Ryane Riddell had hits in leading Hamilton Horizons Credit Union to an 18-14 victory over Destination Athlete in HGSA T-Ball play. Riddell also had three outs while playing defense at first base.
Destination's Angelina Irizarry played excellent defense at first base. Amber Buck and Madison Lipman had hits for Destination.
Chirichella, O’Neal make Spin Doctors 'Win Doctors'
Apr. 23: Spin Doctors Laundromat defeated JEM Trophies, 11-7, in HGSA T-Ball play tonight. Emily Chirichella and Aleiya O'Neal each had two hits and two runs scored for the Spin Doctors. Gabby Piscotta made good contact with the ball and did a great job running through the bag at first base. JEM's Ellie Miller and Lauren Marhold each had two hits and two runs scored, and played solid defensively.
Apr. 21, 2015 HGSA Senior Division
Hunter fires 2-hitter with 11 Ks in Press Room's win
Apr. 21: Kate Hunter threw her first complete game of the season as the Press Room took an 11-2 win over Investor's Bank in the HGSA Senior Division.Hunter fired a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and also went 3-for-3 with two RBI for Press Room (2-1-1). Gabby Estrada (2-for-3, RBI) and Rachel Doan (2-for-3, 2 RBI) also chipped in for the offense while Breanna Federico (hit, RBI) squeezed home a runner with a perfect bunt.
Rachel Taylor struck out six for the Bankers (1-3), who picked off two runners in the game.
April 21, 2015 HGSA Major Division
Balanced attack continues for Nottingham Insurance
Apr. 21: Getting production up and down the lineup has been pivotal for Nottingham Insurance in a 5-0 start. Manager Steve LaFisca's squad defeated First Choice Bail Bonds, 11-0, tonight behind the offense of Johnna Filipponi (2 hits, 3 RBI), Heather Kerlin (double, 2 RBI), Abby Simonelli (2 runs, 2 RBI), Alex Haley (2 runs, RBI), Emily Mozgai (2 runs, hit), Melissa Weitz (run, RBI) and Gianna Bonfanti (RBI). Winning pitcher Skyler LaFisca and Filipponi combined to strike out nine and each allowed only one hit - both to Morgan Moser.
The Central Jersey 12U A's celebrate their Lacey championship on Sunday. Enjoying their trophies are (front row, from left) Gracie Gaskill, Cassidy Palyok, Emelia Bercaw, Hanna Babuschak, Christina Weil; (back row) Maggie Smyth, Gina Mollica,Natalie Kozemchak, Gabbie Fonollosa, Delaney Misier and Ciara Donaldson.
Central Jersey A's Softball
12Us win Lacey title; 8Us start strong in league play
The 10u Blue Hamilton Hurricanes rolled into Marlton last weekend to go 3-0 and claim their first championship of the spring. All 11 girls chipped in to show they were the best team from top to bottom. The squad features (front row, from left) Mia Bocian, Sophia Pintinalli, Ayanna Stetzick, Christa Andrusiewicz, and A.j. Salzano; (back row) Kamryn Wylie, Angelina Chianese, Carley Lederman, Alexis Heineman, Izzy Bonacci and Ceara O'Neil.
Central Jersey 14U A's win Lacey Tournament title
Action is heating up in all four HGSA divisions
Apr. 18 HGSA T-Ball
Lefchak, Fisher, Rodriguez pace Spin Doctor
Apr. 18: Gwenyth Lefchak, Claudia Fisher, and Gianna Rodriguez each had two hits in leading Spin Doctor Laundromat past Hamilton Horizons Credit Union. Lefchak also stopped a hard hit ball from entering the outfield at her shortstop position.
Hamilton Horizons' Autumn DeWitt played excellent defense at second base, while Rowan Lacy and Ryane Riddell each had base hits for Horizon.
Apr. 18 HGSA Instructional
Mikolajczak, Duffy, Tomlin power Doctor’s Express
Apr. 18: Riley Mikolajczak had two hits and an RBI, Alyssa Tomlin had one hit and two RBI and Abby Duffy slugged two inside-the-park homers for three RBI in leading Doctor's Express Urgent Care to a 7-4 victory over Hamilton Dental in HGSA Instructional play. Grace Marcille also had a line drive hit up the middle.
Hamilton Dental's Simone Pintinalli had two singles, a double, and a 1-4 double play after making a beautiful catch on a line drive at her pitcher’s spot.
Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag rallies late to beat Sir Speedy
Apr. 18: Foley's Shop N Bag scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to defeat Sir Speedy, 4-1, in HGSA Instructional play. Foley's got big hits by Samantha Whyland, Danielle Moser, Kayla Foy and Katie Simonka to propel the uprising. Sir Speedy's Rylee Michalak pitched a scoreless inning and had a RBI triple.
Apr. 17 HGSA Minors
Poor Boy nips Hamilton Mazda behind solid pitching
Apr. 17: Allison Fonollosa threw three tough innings and Carley Lederman sealed the deal with two shut down innings as Poor Boy Subs topped Hamilton Mazda, 3-2, in HGSA Minor Division play tonight. Cierra O'Neal and Ava Estrada each drove in runs for Poor Boys, which improved to 1-1.
Apr. 17 HGSA Instructional
Doctor’s Express Urgent Care gets past Foley’s
Apr. 17: Abby Duffy pitched two strong innings and had two hits, including an inside the park homer, and three RBI to lead Doctor's Express Urgent Care to a 7-4 victory over Foley's Shop N Bag in an HGSA Instructional play. Casey Mikolajczak had a double.
Foley's Katie Simonka stroked a double in the fifth inning and pitched two strong innings, while Danielle Moser had a triple.
Apr. 15, HGSA Instructional
Sir Speedy has lots of heroes in win over Hamilton Dental
Apr. 15: Sir Speedy's Naomi Blackburn and Emma Puccio both had key singles, Morgan Kotch slammed two big hits and Riley Mihalik homered, singled and pitched an inning in Sir Speedy’s 4-2 win over Hamilton Dental in HGSA Instructional play. Gia DeMeglio had an awesome catch in left field to end an inning for the winners, while Braylie LaFisca pitched two strong innings for Hamilton Dental.
Apr.14: HGSA Majors
Gutierrez’ game-winning single lifts Nottingham Insurance
April 14: Every game should be as thrilling as Nottingham Insurance's 4-3, eight-inning victory over Hamilton Elks in HGSA Major Division play.
Jessie Gutierrez singled in Heather Kerlin with the game-winning run in the top of the eighth - the second inning of international tie-breaker rules - before winning pitcher Johnna Filipponi finished off a 12-strikeout performance in the bottom of the inning. In the seventh, Alex Haley's run gave Nottingham Insurance (4-0) a 3-2 lead, but the Elks tied the game with two outs in their at-bat on Gabbie Fonollosa's RBI hit.
Abby Simonelli, Katie Philburn, Skyler LaFisca and Emily Mozgai had hits to support Filipponi, who helped her own cause with two hits. For the Elks, Natalie Kozemchak and Fonollosa were both 3-for-3 and Jen Pribilia banged out a hit.
Apr. 11, 2015 HGSA Instructional
Pesce, Simonka pace Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag to win
Apr. 11: Bianca Pesce and Katie Simonka combined for three RBI in the fifth inning to pace Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag to a 4-1 win over Hamilton Dental Associates in an HGSA Instructional Division game. Kyleigh Mihalik had an outstanding inning pitched for the winners, while Dental’s Simone Pintinalli and Angelina Canavera played excellent defense.
Castiglione, Weaver power Doctor’s Express
Apr. 11: Doctor’s Express Urgent Care ‘s Kaila Castiglione and Kara Weaver came up with key hits in the bottom of the fourth to spark a 4-1 win over Sir Speedy in HGSA Instructional Division play. Riley Mikolajczak held Sir Speedy to one run in two innings, Alyssa Tomlin threw out a Sir Speedy baserunner out at first from right field and Mikolajczak made a nice catch at first base on a line drive. Riley Mihalik pitched well for Doctor’s Express.
Apr. 11, 2015 HGSA Majors
Nottingham Insurance tops First Choice Bail Bonds
April 11: The contributions were aplenty as Nottingham Insurance defeated First Choice Bail Bonds, 9-0, to improve to 3-0. Skyler LaFisca fired a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and two walks. Abby Simonelli (2-for-2), Katie Philburn (2 runs), Alex Haley (2 runs) and Johnna Filipponi (triple, run) each reached safely in three plate appearances, while LaFisca, Emily Mozgai and Macie Stoner had RBIs and Heather Kerlin and Meghan Krencicki collected hits. Namia Wright singled for First Choice's lone hit.
Apr. 11, 2015 HGSA T-Ball
Spin Doctor’s tops JEM Trophies
Apr. 11: Bianca Walsh, Samantha Jolly and Kailyn Prekop combined for eight putouts at first base, while Gwenyth Lefchak and Gianna Rodriguez each had two hits in Spin Doctor’s Launromat’s HGSA T-Ball win over JEM Trophies. Ellie Miller played well with two hits and good base-running for JEM.
Apr. 6-7, 2015 HGSA Majors
Filipponi, LaFisca pace Nottingham Insurance to two wins
Apr. 7: Nottingham Insurance edged the Hamilton Elks, 4-2, in an opening day HGSA Major Division game on Monday. Johnna Filipponi struck out eight in four solid innings and Skyler LaFisca shut the door in the final two innings. The catching tandem of Alex Haley and Abby Simonelli each had three stolen bases and Haley had a hit, while Lili Solimando hit a inside the park home run.Stella Spatola had two hits and Madison Wiston a hit for the Elks.
Tonight, Filipponi cracked two triples, including a bases-clearing shot to break open a one-run game in the fifth inning and lift Nottingham past Classic Sub Shop, 5-1. Filipponi also earned the win with four innings of six-strikeout work, followed by Skyler LaFisca with a two-inning save. Alex Haley, who had two hits and two runs, Abby Simonelli and Katie Philburn scored on Filipponi's big hit, and Heather Kerlin added a hit in the win. For Classic Sub Shop, Cassidy Palyok and Tatum Hart split the pitching and Lizzie Kelly scored the lone run.
Whitaker comes out firing and hitting for Investors Bank
Apr. 6: Investors Bank edged their way to a win over Stark and Stark in HGSA Major Division opening-day action, as a late S&S rally fell short. Pitcher Kaylee “The Salad Princess” Whitaker had 12 strikeouts, while Whitaker and Tori Bowen each went 3-for-4. Caitlin Griggs turned an unassisted double play at first base.
Paylok and Hart pitch Classic Subs to victory
Apr. 6: Cassidy Paylok and Tatum Hart combined on a 3-hitter to lead Classic Subs to a 5-1 opening night victory over First Choice Bail Bonds in HGSA Major Division play. Hart had two hits and Lizzie Kelly, Jayden Glazewski, Christina Weil and Julia Hannawacker all had hits to lead the offense. Losing pitcher Jenna Mastropolo threw well in defeat and Gianna Casale had two hits for First Choice.
The Central Jersey A's 14U softball team celebrate after winning the 16U bracket of the Trouble in the Bubble Tournament. Team members are (front row, from left) Olivia Owens, Zoe Rodriguez, Alex Haley, Nicole Cerasi, Mackenzie Fitzpatrick, Megan Brugnoli; (back row) Kaila Mungo, Olivia McElroy, Abby Schrandt, Sydney Buell and Kaylee "The Salad Princess" Whittaker.
Central Jersey 14U A's burst everyone else's bubble
Wearing their dads’ initials on their arms in honor of Father’s Day (from left) Cierra Acevedo, Skyler LaFisca, Becca Bocock, Johnna Filipponi, Gianna Casale, Mia Land, Carley Lederman, Tina Fedor, Lizzie Kelly, Ayanna Stetzick and Kelsey Smith celebrate their Summer Sizzler title in Edgewater Park.
HGSA 10U Blues win seventh tournament of the season
12U Blues win Hopewell title; go 4-1 in USSSA qualifier
Celebrating their title sweep of the HGSA Major Division are First Bank members, first row, from left, Katie Philburn, Nicole Cerasi, Sam Spera, Rachel Doan and Cassidy Palyok; second row, manager Joe Cerasi, Sam Morrell, Emily Diszler, Natalie Kozemchak, Bailee Brelsford, Sabrina Heineman and coach Sherri Doan; and back row, coaches Tim Philburn, Bob Diszler and Jim Turner. Not pictured: player Amber Ritter.
June 11 HGSA Majors
First Bank wins second consecutive playoff title
June 10 Majors
Doctor's Express wins thriller to reach title game
June 10: Third-seeded Doctors Express outlasted second-seeded Joe's Hamilton Transmission, 8-7, in eight innings to win a semifinal and reach the Major Division championship game against regular-season champion First Bank. The teams were tied 1-1 through a six-inning pitcher's duel before the offenses erupted in the two extra innings.
For Doctors Express (7-6), Courtney McLaughlin knocked in Jordyn Varone with the decisive run in the eighth and starting pitcher Gracie Gaskill went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Jenna Mastropolo was the winning pitcher.
Kaylee "The Salad Princess" Whittaker went 3-for-3, including a two-run triple, and Maddie Zeleznik had two hits for Joe's Hamilton Transmission (7-6).
The Hamilton Hurricanes 10U Blue display their trophies after qualifying for the USSSA World Series. Showing off the hardware are (front row, from left) Cierra Acevedo, Lizzie Kelly, Skyler LaFisca, Avery Kontura, Ayanna Stetzick; (bck row) Mia Land, Becca Bocock, Johnna Filipponi, Gianna Casale, Carley Lederman and Tina Fedor.
10U Blue Canes dominate to reach USSSA World Series
Hurricane 10U Blues win a friendly and win at Flemington
The Hamilton 14U Blue Hurricanes were all smiles after qualifying for the USSSA World Series by winning the May Madness Tournament
14U Blue Canes win May Madness to reach World Series
Celebrating after winning their seventh tournament title of the spring are Hamilton Hurricanes 12U Blue All-Stars. Team members are (front row, from left), Sophie DeFrank, Maddie Zeleznik, Nicole Cerasi, Alex Haley, Gracie Gaskill and Christina Weil; (second row), Natalie Kozemchak, Ciara Donaldson, Kaylee “The Salad Princess” Whittaker, Haley Lestician, Gabbie Fonollosa and Delaney Misier; (third row), manager Joe Cerasi and coaches Milt “The Salad Patriarch” Whittaker and Craig Haley.
Hurricane 12U Blues win seventh tourney title of season
12U Blue Canes do what it takes to win Pony Qualifier
Hamilton runs out of Jackson with 12U Run-In crown
Raise your hand if you're having fun? About 60 of the younger players from Hamilton Girls Softball Association participated in the Memorial Day parade in Mercerville and Hamilton Square. HGSA is winding down its regular season, with its Hamilton Hurricanes all-star teams continuing to play throughout the summer.
June 2 HGSA Majors
Doctors Express finishes regular season at .500
June 2: Doctors Express evened its record after finishing the regular season with a 12-7 win over Pete Lestician Auto Repair. Manager Fran Mozgai's squad (6-6) spread the offense between winning pitcher Gracie Gaskill (3-for-3, two RBI, run), Alex Haley (2-for-3, two runs, RBI), Courtney McLaughlin (two runs, two RBI), Jayden Glazewski (two RBI), Emily Mozgai (two runs) and Jordyn Varone (two runs).
For Lestician's, Ciara Donaldson went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Sophie DeFrank was 2-for-3.
May 20 HGSA Majors
McLaughlin, Haley power Doctor’s Express to big victory
May 20: Courtney McLaughlin (4-for-4, three RBIs, two runs) and Alex Haley (3-for-3, three runs, four RBIs) fueled Doctors Express (5-6) to a 15-1 win over Joe's Hamilton Transmission. Jordyn Varone (four runs), Lizzie Kelly (2-for-2, three runs) and Emily Vargas (two RBIs) also backed winning pitcher Gracie Gaskill.
Taylor Mulryne singled in Shannon McCoy for Joe's Hamilton Transmission.
May 19 HGSA Majors
Mastropolo twirls a gem as Doctors Express operates
May 19: Jenna Mastropolo threw a four-hit complete game as Doctors Express defeated Hamilton Supply, 9-4, in HGSA Major Division play. Alex Haley was 3-for-3 with three runs, Gracie Gaskill drove in three runs with two hits, Courtney McLaughlin had two hits and an RBI, and Jayden Glazewski and Emily Vargas scored two runs each in the win.
For Hamilton Supply, Ashley Veisz went 2-for-3 with two runs and Hanna Babuschak and Victoria Comfort had one hit each.
May 17 HGSA Instructional
Pintinalli helps Green Lawn to victory
May 17: Sophia Pintinalli struck out three in two innings and connected with first baseman Ava Estrada to finish off Green Lawn’s win over Foley’s Market in HGSA Instructional play today. Jamison Misier swung a hot bat for Foley’s while Rylee Michalak pitched a strong game.
May 13 HGSA Majors
Salad Princess was regal on mound, at plate for Joe’s
May 13: Kaylee “The Salad Princess” Whittaker was a one-player wrecking crew in leading Joe's Hamilton Transmission past Doctors Express, 9-0, today in an HGSA Major Division game. Whittaker fired a three-hit shutout over five innings and went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs and four RBIs. Madison Mulryne and Nicole Pappas collected two hits each, and Kiki McCarthy and Maddie Zeleznik scored two runs each in the win.
Gracie Gaskill, Alex Haley and Kaylie Smith collected the hits for Doctors Express.
May 12 HGSA Majors
Doan’s bat explodes as First Bank tops Doctors Express
May 12: First Bank continued its hold on first place by rallying past Doctors Express, 8-7, in HGSA Major Division softball. Rachel Doan had a home run and four RBIs for the Bank (7-2), and Natalie Kozemchak (two runs), Sabrina Heineman and winning pitcher Cassidy Palyok collected two hits each.
Jordyn Varone (two-run triple, two runs), Gracie Gaskill (two-run double, two runs) and Alex Haley (2-for-3, RBI, run) paced the offense for Doctors Express (3-5).
May 9-10 HGSA Instructional
Foley's wins a pair as Michalek, Kohuts get huge doubles
May 10: Foley's Shop n Bag came off the weekend with two big victories in HGSA Instructional play.On Friday, Foley's defeated Green Lawn Irrigation, 4-1, as Rylee Michalak slammed a two-run double in the third to put Foley's on the board, followed by big hits from Holly Muni and Katelyn Haubert.
Today, Foley's took a 3-2 victory over Hamilton Dental. In the second inning, Adrianna Salzano singled followed by Nev Bridgers double, Olivia Simonelli's RBI single and Ava Kohuts huge two-run double. Isabella Antosiewicz pitched well for Hamilton Dental in her Instructional debut with two strikeouts.
The HGSA 10U Blue Hurricanes (below) show off their championship banner won this past Sunday, which punched their ticket to the Pony National Tournament in Virginia this summer. Team members include (front row, from left) Cierra Acevedo, Lizzie Kelly, Skyler LaFisca, Avery Kontura, Ayanna Stetzick, Kelsey Smith; (back row) Tina Fedor, Gianna Casale, Johnna Filipponi, Becca Bocock, Carley Lederman and Mia Land. Above, (back row, from left) Kontura, LaFisca and Stetzick help Lederman celebrate her 100th game as a Hurricane during the weekend.May 11 Youth Softball
Hurricane 10U Blues win Mom's Splash National Qualifier
May 5-6 HGSA Majors
Lestician tops Doctors Express, which tops Supply
May 6: Pete Lestician Auto Repair (3-5) scored the final three runs of a 7-4 victory over Doctors Express (3-4) in HGSA Major Division play tonight. Gabbie Fonollosa had three hits and winning pitcher Haley Lestician, Abby Sargeant and Sophie DeFrank collected two each.
Alex Haley delivered a two-run single and walk for Doctors Express, while Amy Vargas (2-for-3), Courtney McLaughlin (RBI) and Jayden Glazewski (RBI) also supported pitcher Jenna Mastropolo.
A day earlier, Gracie Gaskill lived up to her "G-Money" nickname in leading Doctors Express to a 1-0 victory over Hamilton Supply. Gaskill threw a one-hitter and didn't walk a batter and she singled in Emily Vargas with two outs in the third inning for the game's only run. A solid defense backed Gaskill's gem.
Ashley Veisz allowed only four hits in the loss and Victoria Comfort collected the lone hit off Gaskill.
May 2-3 HGSA Minors
K of C well armed for victory with Stetzick and Mehl
May 3: Riding the arms of Ayanna Stetzick and Julia Mehl, with the help of slick fielding shortstop Lizzie Kelly, Knights of Columbus picked up two wins this weekend in HGSA Minor Action.
On Friday night, K of C defeated Simco Construction, 10-6, as Stetzick struck out four in three innings of work for the win. Mehl pitched two scoreless innings for the save. Alyssa and Kaitlyn Angelucci and Brynn Krauser scored runs for K of C. Bella Truelove had an inside the park HR for Simco.
This morning, the Knights defeated Poor Boys, 4-1. Stetzick (9 strikeouts in three innings) locked into a pitcher’s duel with Sklylar Lafisca, as the game was tied 1-1 thru three fames. K of C broke it open with three runs in the fourth, led by Tina Fedor (2 hits), Megan Krenciki and Maddie Saltstein (run scored). Mehl fanned five in the final two innings for the win. Carley Lederman had an inside the park home run for Poor Boys.
May 2 HGSA Instructional
Hamilton Dental takes two straight victories
May 2: Allison Fonollosa struck out four in two innings as Hamilton Dental defeated Green Lawn Irrigation for its first win of the year in the HGSA Instructional League. Cara Mazzucco scored two runs for Dental, while Paige Schultz, Kamryn Wylie and Gracie Feijo also scored. Simone Pitinally, Kaitlyn Zuccarello and Kelly Furman all scored for Green Lawn.
Dental took a 2-1 win over Kusnirik Law, 2-1, as Addison Hassan and Kylee Perez each scored second-inning runs and Paige Schultz got the save. Isabella Bonacci pitched a strong game for Kusnirik.
Apr. 25 HGSA Majors
Bocock’s sterling pitching leads Simco Construction
Apr. 25: Simco Construction edged Investors Bank, 3-2, in HGSA Minor Division action tonight. Bella Truelove's started Simco’s fifth-inning rally by doubling home Becca Bocock. Truelove tug up on Heather Russell’s fly ball (caught by Marissa Blankenbiller). Bocock pitched four scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts for the win.
For Investor's Bank, Johnna Filipponi struck out eight in three innings for a no decision, and Kelsey Smith reached safely both times up.
The Hamilton Hurricanes 12U Blue All-Stars come together for a post-game huddle after becoming the fifth 12U team in HGSA history to qualify for the Babe Ruth Softball World Series this past weekend.
Apr. 27 Travel Softball
12U Hurricanes will be heading to Babe Ruth World Series
Apr. 28 HGSA Majors
Griggs, Donaldson, Glahn power Lestician Auto Repair
Apr. 28: Caitlin Griggs went 4-for-4 and Ciara Donaldson and Ava Glahn collected three hits each to fuel Pete Lestician Auto Repair to a 10-4 win over Doctors Express in HGSA Major Division play. Haley Lestician was the winning pitcher, working five innings for Lestician's (2-4). Courtney McLaughlin (double) and Gracie Gaskill both went 2-for-3 for Doctors Express (2-3).
Apr. 28 HGSA Seniors
Rockwell Dentistry gets lots of contributiions in win
Apr. 28: Rockwell Dentistry took a 15-5 win over Hamilton Mazda in HGSA Senior Division play, as Morgan Sisz struck out seven to notch the win. Nicole Cerasi, Kelly Keane, Taylor Hawkes, Olivia Owens, Kodi Stout, Victoria Comfort, Ashley Kinczel, Amira Abed and Sabrina Heinamann all had hits and scored runs for the winners.
The Hamilton Hurricanes 10U Blue team was all smiles after going 3-0 and outscoring teams 28-0 in the Marlton Storm One-Day Tournament. Team members include (front row, from left) Cierra Acevedo, Mia Land, Avery Kontura, Ayanna Stetzick, Lizzie Kelly, Skyler LaFisca; (middle row) Kelsey Smith, Tina Fedor, Becca Bocock, Johnna Filipponi, Gianna Casale, Carley Lederman; (back row) coach Pat Smith, scorekepper Ryan Lederman, coach Andy Kelly, manager Steve LaFisca and coaches John Stetzick and Bob Bocock.
10U Blue Hurricanes unstoppable at Marlton tourney
Apr. 22-23 HGSA Majors
Doctors Express picks up two wins with heavy hitting
Apr. 23: Doctors Express had contributions from throughout the lineup in beating Hamilton Supply, 11-9, for its first win of the season in HGSA Major Division play Tuesday. Gracie Gaskill worked three innings for the win and belted a triple and a home run with six RBI, while Jenna Mastropolo earned a three-inning save. Courtney McLaughlin collected a single and RBI double, Alex Haley had a two-run single and two runs, and Emily Vargas singled in a run for manager Fran Mozgai's squad.
Hamilton Supply's Ashley Veisz went 3-for-3 and Victoria Comfort had two hits, three runs and an RBI.
Doctors Express then defeated Joe's Hamilton Transmission, 10-2, tonight to even its record at 2-2. Jordyn Varone had a three-run triple and scored twice to back Gaskill and Mastropolo, who pitched three innings each. Gaskill, Haley and Vargas had the team's other hits.
Maddie Zeleznik went 2-for-2, while Madison Mulryne and Christina Weil both had a hit and a run for Joe's Hamilton Transmission.
Apr. 19 HGSA Instructional
Haubert’s big hit sparks Foley’s to win over Dental
Apr. 19: Katelyn Haubert drove in the go-ahead run to lead Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag to a 6-2 win over Hamilton Dental in the HGSA Instructional League. Olivia Simonelli and Riley Mikolajczak followed up with big hits to seal the game. Hamilton Dental's Kamryn Wylie and Cara Mazzucco each went 2-for-2 with big hits.
April 16 HGSA Majors
First Bank rolls behind Cerasi and Doan
Apr. 16: Defending playoff champion First Bank has picked up where it left off last season, jumping to a 3-0 record after its 10-1 win over Doctors Express. Nicole Cerasi collected three hits and four runs, and Rachel Doan knocked in four runs on three hits to spark the offense. Winning pitcher Natalie Kozemchak also had three hits and was backed by Cassidy Palyok, who earned a three-inning save.
Gracie Gaskill drove in Jordyn Varone with Doctors Express' run.
Grace Gaskill fired four of the Hamilton 10U Blues 12 shutout innings as the Hurricanes won the Marlton Tournament this past weekend.
HGSA Travel Round-Up
12U Blue, 14Us wins tourneys; 10U Blue earns PONY bid
Apr. 12 HGSA Majors
Lestician’s gets balanced attack in victory
April 12: Ciara Donaldson, Ava Glahn, Caitlin Griggs and winning pitcher Haley Lestician collected two hits each to fuel Pete Lestician Auto Repair's 9-1 win over Doctors Express. Katie Temmer also pitched and Abby Sargent was a defensive standout as Lestician's evened its record to 1-1.
The Doctors Express pitchers combined on their team's run with Jenna Mastropolo knocking in Gracie Gaskill.
Apr. 12 HGSA Instructional
Michalak, Salazano slug Foley’s to win over Green Lawn
Apr. 12: Home runs by Rylee Michalak and Adriana Salzano helped Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag take a 3-2 win over Green Lawn Irrigation on opening day of the HGSA Instructional League. Grace Kohut helped preserve the win with a clutch catch at shortstop. Sophia Pintinalli pitched well for Green Lawn.
Apr. 11 HGSA Minors
LaFisca, Lederman nearly unhittable for Poor Boy
Apr. 11: Skyler LaFisca and Carley Lederman combined on a one-hitter with nine strikeouts as Poor Boy Subs took a 7-0 win over Investors Bank in HGSA Minor Division play. Lederman led the offense with three RBI, whil Mia Land, Grace Moozloom, Isabella Kaufman, and Kayla Cribbs each chipped in one. Mary Moticha hit a shot for a double as she, Land, Julie Burke, and Bella Bartlett all scored with LaFisca crossing the dish twice.
Audrey Ihefeld had the hit for Investors Bank.
After the HGSA players paid their respect to Trenton Thunder Mascot Boomer before gathering around the microphone to sing the National Anthem during Saturday's Opening Day Ceremonies at the HGSA complex. Click here for four pages of photos from the event (Photos by Ken Weingartner).
Apr. 10 HGSA Seniors
Clevenger fans 15 as Rockwell tops Hamilton Mazda
Apr. 10: Heather Clevenger struck out 15 seven innings as Rockwell Dentistry took a 6-0 win over Hamilton Mazda VW in HGSA Senior Division softball action. Savannah Bowen, Tori Bowen, Morgan Sisz and Taylor Hawkes all had hits for the winners.
The 10U Blue Hamilton Hurricanes proudly display their second-place trophies after Saturday’s HGSA's Trouble In The Bubble Tournament in Robbinsville. Team members include (front row, from left) Mia Land, Cierra Acevedo, Lizzie Kelly, Ayanna Stetzick, Skyler LaFisca, Avery Kontura; (back row) Becca Bocock, Johnna Filipponi, Kelsey Smith, Tina Fedor, Carley Lederman, Gianna Casale.Below, four team members celebrate playing their 100th career game at the tournament, including (front row, from left) Cierra Acevedo, Ayanna Stetzick; (back row) Gianna Casale and Kelsey Smith.
The Hamilton Hurricanes 12U Blue All-Stars celebrate their Trouble in the Bubble championship. The team members, front row, from left, Gracie Gaskill, Maddie Zeleznik, Alex Haley, Nicole Cerasi and Sophie DeFrank; second row, Natalie Kozemchak, Haley Lestician, Kaylee "The Salad Princess" Whittaker, Christina Weil, Ciara Donaldson and Gabbie Fonollosa; and back row, coach Pete Lestician, coach Milt "The Salad Patriarch" Whittaker, manager Joe Cerasi and coach Craig Haley. Missing from the photo is player Delaney Miser.
Whittaker helps 12U Hurricanes earn the title of Trouble
The HGSA 14U Hurricanes got their season off to a troubling start as they display their trophies after winning the Trouble in the Bubble Championship in Robbinsville.
HGSA 14Us claim Trouble in the Bubble championship
As a host of the PINK Tournament, HGSA ‘s Hamilton Hurricanes gave back to the community by volunteering to assemble gift bags for each of the 1100 girls who played in this past weeken’ds tournament. PINK is a youth fast-pitch charity softball tournament that raises funds for the Susan G Komen Central and South Jersey and the Princeton YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center. A whopping 86 teams the tri-state area played on five different fields over the weekend and each Hurricane team held some sort of fundraiser.
Sep. 14-15 HGSA Playing for Pink
10U Blues win a title as Cane teams play for good cause
The wins were better by the dozen for the Princeton Chevy softball players in the HGSA Instructional League. The Green Machine compiled a league-best 12-0 record this season. Many of the players collected some hardware at the annual HGSA postseason picnic. Pictured, from left, kneeling, is Ava Estrada, Olivia Simonelli, Cara Mazzucco and Kayla Delehenty; (back row) Jamison Misier, Christa Andrusiewicz, Cara McCann, Julia Mehl and Ceyonna Washington. Missing from the photo are Ayanna Stetzick, Emma Yorke, Riley Yorke and Holly Haduch.
Kagel's AC (above) and First Bank (below) are this year's HGSA Minor and Major division playoff champions after winning the title games Monday night.
June 17 HGSA Playoff Finals
Kagel's A/C wins Minors; First Bank rules Majors
The HGSA 14U Hurricanes (above) were all smiles with their hardware after winning the Eatontown Furyous Frenzy Tournament Father's Day, while the 10U Hurricanes (below) show off their trophies after winning the Edgewater Park Summer Sizzler Sunday. It was a banner weekend for the Hamilton travel teams, who won three titles.
June 16 HGSA Travel Softball
Three Hurricane teams win tournaments on Father's Day
HGSA Major Division
Lestician hits Brace Place into semifinals
June 12: Haley Lestician hit a two-run triple and a two-run double and scored three times in Brace Place's 13-4 win over Hamilton PBA in the Major Division semifinals tonight. Ava Glahn and Natalie Mehl had three RBI each in support of winning pitcher Lauren Coiante.
Brace Place (12-2-2) will play First Bank (12-4) in the championship game Monday night.
Alicyn Blanchard, Deandre Adams, Emma Morin and Aleana Rivera scored runs for PBA (7-10).
Extreme Heat Challenge
Hamilton 8U Hurricanes win first tournament together
The 10U "Century Trio" of Johnna Filipponi, Lizzie Kelly and Becca Bocock signify that all three played their 100th game as Hamilton Hurricanes over the weekend.
Hamilton Hurricanes Softball
14Us rally for Jamboree title; 10Us second at West Jersey
June 8 HGSA Minors
Philburn fans 11 as Roma advances to playoff title game
June 8: Roma Bank advanced to the HGSA Minor Division playoff finals with a 7-0 win over Simco today. Katie Philburn fired the shutout with 11 strikeouts, while Cassidy Palyok had a bases-loaded triple and played stellar defense at first base. Jessie Gutierrez, Jamie Hamilton, Shannon McCoy and Autumn Agliata all scored runs for the winners. Julia Hannawacker singled for Simco.
June 4 HGSA Majors
Lestician does it all as Brace Place wins 11th
June 4: Brace Place defeated Game Time Performance, 18-4, to clinch the HGSA Major Division's regular-season title Tuesday night. Winning pitcher Haley Lestician went 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs and two RBI, and Alex Haley, Ava Glahn, Rachel Doan and Jen Schulz added two RBI each. Lauren Coiante, Natalie Mehl, Jenna Colantoni, Caitlin Griggs, Courtney McLaughlin, Delanie Vanchoff and Venus Rodriguez also played key roles in Brace Place's 11-2-2 regular season.
Rachel Buckley had an RBI single and walk for GTP.
June 2 Little Lads Minors
Moser, Brown, Barrios lift Princeton Nassau
June 2: Princeton Nassau Pediatrics defeated Forconi Foods, 12-11, in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division Softball. Erica Barrios went 2-for-2 with two hits to the deep outfield, Danielle Moser and Tyzanai Brown both went 3-for-3 and Marissa Skoglund made nice plays in the field. For Forconi, Jayda Johnson hit a ball into the outfield, Aubrey Cincilla had a fast glove in the infield and Sabree Fletcher and Ashley Kmiecik each went 2-for-2
June 1 Little Lads Majors
Bowlings and Jarusazewski's pace Hamilton Supply
June 1: Hamilton Supply defeated DeCou Fire Company, 9-7, in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division Girls Softball action. Alyssa Bowling was the winning pitcher, while the offense was led by Nicole Jaruszewski and Sara Jaruszewski (both 2-for-2) and Hayleigh Bowling (3-for-3, 3-run homer).
Alley Stillitano hit a double and Kathleen Kerlin and Sophie Lewallen each went 2-for-2 for DeCou.
June 1 Little Lads Minors
Forconi Foods outslugs Princeton Nassau
June 1: Forconi Foods defeated Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, 15-14, in an exciting Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division softball game. Larissa Cooper and Sarah Berenkopf both went 2-for-2 for Forconi. Samantha Moloughney made great plays in the field at first base and Aubrey Cincilla had a fast glove as well.
For Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, Paris Parez and Jocelyn Saniago both went 2-for-2, Skylar Bowman and Kaitlyn Zuccarella both had hits to the outfield and Brielle Maigue made great plays at third base.
May 30-31 HGSA Instructional
Princeton Chevrolet storm to two straight victories
May 31: Ayanna Stetzick five strikeouts and two from Julia Mehl helped Princeton Chevrolet to its 12th win of the season, 8-3, over Custom Impressionz. The offense was running on all cylinders, led by Riley Yorke (2 hits, 2 runs), Jamison Misier (2 doubles), Olivia Simonelli (double) and Ava Estrada (2 hits, run scored). Alexis Heineman and Cassidy Budge each had a hit and run scored for Custom Impressionz.
A day earlier, Julia Mehl's three doubles, Cara Mazzucco double and triple and Ayanna Stetzick’s triple paced Princeton Chevy to an 8-4 win over Foley's Shop N Bag. Mehl fanned five in two innings and Stetzick struck out the side in her one inning.
Isabella Bonacci and Riley Carr each had a double and run scored for Foley's.
May 30 HGSA Minors
Kagel’s keeps pace as Kontura and Fillipponi lead way
May 30: Kagel's Air Conditioning remained in a first-place tie in the HGSA Minor Division by taking a 9-3 win over Roma. Avery Kontura and Johnna Fillipponi each had two hits to lead the charge. Bella Truelove and Caitlyn Scarbourgh also had key RBI hits. Fillipponi picked up the win and Lizzie Kelly made her pitching debut with two shutout innings for the save.
Katie Philburn had a key hit for Roma.
May 30 HGSA Instructional
Mozloom has A JEM Of A Night at the plate
May 30: Grace Mozloom powered JEM Trophies with a home run, double, three RBI and two runs scored as JEM Trophies edged Hamilton Dental, 13-12, in HGSA Instructional Division play. JEM had 18 hits, with 12 going for doubles. Bianca Pesce and Allyson Fonollosa had two doubles each while Isabella Conte, Braylie LaFisca and Fonollosa had two RBI each.
Hamilton Dental was led by Kalia Castiglione with a single, double and two RBI, and Riley Mikolojczak had two hits and two RBI.
May 29 HGSA Majors
Brace Place’s latest victory is ten-fold
May 29: There's no dissent from the Russian judge, it's obvious Brace Place gets a 10.
The HGSA Major Division leader reached its 10th win with a 10-1 victory over Hamilton PBA tonight. Haley Lestician fired a three-hitter over five innings and struck out, well, 10 batters as Brace Place improved to 10-2-2.
Natalie Mehl went 3-for-4 with two runs and three stolen bases, while Courtney McLaughlin (double) and Caitlyn Griggs had two hits each and Delanie Vanchoff had an RBI for Brace Place (10-2-2).
For PBA, Ashley Veisz singled in Gracie Gaskill.
May 27 HGSA Instructional
JEM Trophies holds off Foley's Shop & Bag
May 27: JEM Trophies held off a last-inning rally for Foley's Shop and Bag to win 11-10 in HGSA Instructional Division play. Madison Bendas, Grace Mozloom and Allyson Fonollsa combined for the pitching win. JEM's offense was led by Rose Mozloom with two RBI, while Gracyn Nutt, Autumn Felts, Braylie LaFisca, Gabriela Belardo, Isabella Conte, Madalena Creo, Fonollosa and Bendas each had an RBI.
Isabella Bonnaci had two RBI and pitched well for Foley's.
May 25 HGSA Instructional
Yorke sisters and Mehl power Princeton Chevy to win
May 25: Ayanna Stetzick (5 strikeouts) and Christa Andrusiewicz, making her first appearance in the circle, combined to pitch Princeton Chevy past Kusnirik Law Offices, 12-8. Sisters Emma and Riley Yorke powered the offense with two hits and run scored, along with Julia Mehl's three hits.
Angelina Chianese and Madeline Kausch led Kusnirik with a hit and a run scored each.
May 22 HGSA Majors
Haley, Rodriguez all about small in Brace Place win
May 22: Small ball came up big for Brace Place as it beat DeFrank's Appliances & Kitchens, 7-3, and slipped back into first place in the HGSA Major Division.
Brace Place (9-2-2) didn't have any extra-base hits, but Alex Haley collected a pair of two-out RBI singles and Venus Rodriguez scored twice with three walks. Winning pitcher Lauren “Sponge Bob’s Daughter” Coiante and Haley Lestician, who earned a save, pitched three innings each.
Catching standout Alex Zaburski singled twice for DeFrank's.
May 21 Little Lads Majors
Stillitano hurls DeCou Fire past Hamilton Supply
May 21: DeCou Fire Company defeated Hamilton Supply, 6-5 in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division Softball. Alley Stillitano was the winning pitcher and was backed by strong defense from Jacyln Chiacchio. The offense was led by Carina Cordero's nice hit and Heather Kerlin's 2-for-2 effort.
For Hamilton Supply, Nicole Jaruszewski went 2-for-2. Sara Jaruszewski and Janie Reed made great plays and Deanna Young played a strong game at first base.
May 19 Little Lads Minors
Princeton Nassau Pediatrics and Forconi have slugfest
May 19: Princeton Nassau Pediatrics and Forconi Foods played to a 19-all tie in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division Softball action. Erica Barrios was 4-for 4 for PNP, hitting four line drives to the outfield. Jocelyn Santiago was 3-for-4 and Paris Perez made outstanding plays at first base.
For Forconi, Aubrey Cincilla had a fast glove at first base, Aliana Valdez-Williams and Sarah Berenkopf were each 4-for-4 and Briana Tumillo was 3-for-4.
May 19 Little Lads Majors
Hamilton Supply edges DeCou Fire Company
May 19: Hamilton Supply slipped past DeCou Fire Company, 6-5, as Kayla Martinez singled home two runs, Hayleigh Bowling hit two doubles and Deanna Young and Anelysa Heredia both hit line drives to the outfield. Alyssa Bowling was the winning pitcher.
For DeCou, Alley Stillitano played great defense on the mound and hit a shot to the outfield. Devan Onorati had a game-tying line drive and Heather Kerlin and Kathleen Kerlin each had solid hits and RBI.
The HGSA 12U Hurricane players and coaches show off their trophies after winning the Bordentown Bash Tournament on Saturday.
Hamilton 12U 'Canes have a blast at Bordentown Bash
May 20 HGSA Majors
Brace Place and Hamilton Mazda just can’t decide winner
May 20: It felt like the playoffs arrived early as Brace Place and Hamilton Mazda played to their second straight tie, this time 2-2, in HGSA Major Division play.
Kaylee Whittaker was a one-girl wrecking crew for Hamilton Mazda (4-6-2), striking out 10 in going the distance while also going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and a stolen base. Danielle DeLisa and Caitlin Sharkey drove in Hamilton Mazda's runs.
For Brace Place (8-2-2), Haley Lestician and Lauren Coiante both pitched three innings, while Alex Haley singled in Natalie Mehl and scored on Jenna Colantoni's sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth.
May 20 HGSA Minors
Poor Boy Subs Edges Simco as Misier provides big hit
May 20: Poor Boys Sub's held off a late rally by Simco to take an 8-6 win in HGSA Minor Division play. Delaney Misier’s two-run double got Poor Boy off to a strong start. Jenna Mastropolo, Skyler LaFisca, Kylee Kennedy and Jenny Pribila all had an RBI and run scored, while catcher Emily Mozgai and Emma O'Brien chipped in with an RBI each. Pitchers Mastropolo and LaFisca combined for 11 strikeouts for the win.
Simco was led by a monster triple by Kelsey Smith, two singles by Becca Bocock and the good pitching effort of Mia Land.
May 20 HGSA Instructional
JEM Trophies and Custom Impressionz play to tie
May 20: JEM Trophies and Custom Impressionz tied at 4-4 in an HGSA Instructional game that hi tis time limit. For JEM, pitcher Madison Bendas had 5 strikeouts. Braylie LaFisca doubled and scored, while Allyson Fonollosa, Bianca Pesce and Rose Mozloom all had singles and drove in runs. Also getting hits were Bendas, Gabriela Belardo, Kylee Perez and Autumn Felts. Liliana Davila chipped in the other RBI.
Custom Impression was led by pitcher Alexis Heineman (5 strikeouts), who helped her cause with a double and run scored. Simone Pintinalli and Kaidlee Piesiak both had a single and RBI while Nev Bridgers played a strong defense.
May 18 HGSA Minors
More contributors emerge in Kagel’s win over Roma
May 18: Kagel’s Air Conditioning is usually led by their powerful top of the lineup consisting of Avery Kontura, Lizzie Kelly and Johnna Fillipponi and they did do their part in scoring five of Kagel’s runs in a 10-3 HGSA Minor Division victory over Roma Savings. But the exciting part for Kagel’s is the production starting to come from the rest of the lineup. Jayden Glazewski had two hits and was 4-for-4 for the week, Bella Truelove smacked a key double and Instructional league call up Julia Mehl got her first hit in the Minors. Fillipponi garnered the win with relief help from Mehl, who tossed two shutout innings in her Minor division debut.
The win moved Kagel’s 5-2-2 back into a first place tie with Simco. Cassidy Paylok and Kayla Cuevas had hits for Roma.
May 17 HGSA Instructional
Princeton Chevy rolls to two straight victories
May 17: Julia Mehl (5 strikeouts) and Ayanna Stetzick (3 strikeouts) shared the pitching duties as Princeton Chevy defeated Foley's Shop N Bag, 8-3, in HGSA Instructional play tonight. Stetzick (2 triples), Olivia Simonelli (2 hits), and Cara McCann (2 hits) led the offense for Princeton.
Princeton Chevy's offense exploded for 20 hits one day earlier in a 14-4 win over Hamilton Dental. The hit parade was led by Holly Haduch, Cara Mazzucco, and Ceyonna Washington. Every player in Princeton's lineup scored at least one run, with Jamison Misier and Kayla Delehanty scoring twice. Ava Estrada made her second appearance in the circle for Princeton and pitched a strong first inning.
May 16 HGSA Minors
Simco rallies past Kagel's to take over first
May 16: Simco Construction outdueled Kagel's, 6-5, to take the HGSA Minor Division lead.
Trailing 5-3, Simco scored three in the botton of the third and Mia Land closed it out with a scoreless fourth. Sophia Kloutis hit a three-run triple in the first. In the third, Kelsey Smith (hit, 2 runs) walked to start the rally, then Simco got three straight hits, including Hanna Babuschak's triple. Brynn Krauszer had a double in the second inning.
For Kagel's, Tara Szczepanski and Jayden Glazewski both had hits and scored.
May 15 HGSA Majors
Mehl, Lestician power Brace Place past GTP
May 15: Natalie Mehl hit a two-run double and Haley Lestician added a two-run single to back winning pitcher Lauren “Sponge Bob’s Daughter” Coiante in Brace Place's 11-2 win over Game Time Performance. Rachel Doan and Caitlyn Griggs added three walks each as Brace Place improved to 8-2-1. Jess Pirozzi knocked in Kim Buckley and Julia Martine for GTP's runs.
May 14 HGSA Majors
Veisz’s bat helps her win her own game for Hamilton PBA
May 14: Hamilton PBA won a back-and-forth affair against Brace Place, 6-5 - a tight HGSA Major Division game that featured three lead changes and two ties.
Iliana Nyktas led the offense with three hits and an RBI. Melissa Klosinski drove in two runs with a single in the fourth inning. Ashley Veisz handled the bulk of the pitching, striking out five in four innings. Veisz helped her own cause at the plate, driving in Victoria Comfort for the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.
Haley Lestician struck out eight in four innings for Brace Place.. Caitlyn Griggs had two hits and a run scored, while Rachel Doan had three walks and a run for Brace.
May 10 HGSA Instructional
Stetzick and Mehl help Princeton Chevy cruise
May 10: After being rained out Thursday night Princeton Chevy was revved up tonight, defeating Custom Impressionz 6-2, in HGSA Instructional play.
The offense was firing on all cylinders as Christa Andrusiewicz, Jamison Misier, and Ava Estrada had two hits each. Ayanna Stetzick and Julia Mehl shared the pitching duties, striking out nine in four innings of work, also banging out two hits each.
Alexis Heinaman led Custom Impressionz with a hit and an RBI. She also turned a nice unassisted double play.
May 5-6 HGSA Majors
First Bank takes wins over GTP and Brace Place
May 6: First Bank took a 7-3 win over Game Time Performance by scoring seven runs in the final two innings tonight. Heather Clevenger led the offense two hits and three RBI and also notched the mound win. Bailey Pazdan added a double, while Olivia Owens, Natalie Kozemchake and Ciara Donaldson had singles.
Julia Martine led the offense for GTP.
A day earlier, First Bank handed Brace Place their first loss of the season, 16-8. The Bank scored four in the first inning and didn’t look back from there.
Kozemchak led the way with three hits, Clevenger had two while Haley Schweitzer, Amy Vargas, Pazdan, Kyla Yesonosky, Jodryn Varrone, Dondaldson, Arlene Ricks, Owens and Nicole Cerasi all had a hit apiece.
Brace Place was led by Jenna Colantini and Alex Haley
May 7 HGSA Majors
McLaughlin keeping up with her cuz for Brace Place
Courtney McLaughlin must have a family competition going on with her cousin and teammate, Rachel Doan, because she continued her recent hitting surge with a two-run single in Brace Place's 10-0 win over DeFrank's Appliances and Kitchens. Brace Place (7-1-1) also rebounded from its first loss behind winning pitcher Haley Lestician (3-for-3, three RBIs), Alex Haley (2-for-2, two RBIs), Ava Glahn (RBI double), Lauren "Sponge Bob's Daughter" Coiante (two runs) and Venus Rodriguez (hit, run).
Megan McMahon and Caleigh Hough's collected DeFrank's two hits.
May 5 Little Lads Majors
Jaruszewski helps Hamilton Supply past DeCou
May 5: Hamilton Supply slipped past DeCou Fire Company, 4-3m in a classic Hamilton Little Lads Major Division Softball game. Winning Pitcher Alyssa Bowling was supported by Nicole Jaruszewski's two doubles and by Jillian Hauer turning a double play at first base.
DeCou was led by Alley Stillitano, who went 2-for-2 and made great plays on the pitcher's mound, and by Alexis Papa and Anthi Panagiotiois, who each went 2-for-2.
May 2 Little Lads Majors
Onorati’s big triple powers DeCou Fire Company
May 2: DeCou Fire Company defeated Hamilton Supply 5 to 4 in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division Softball, as Devon Onorati hit a bases-loaded triple to drive the offense while Justice Taylor had a fast glove on defense to support winning pitcher Heather Kerlin.
For Hamilton Supply, Sara Jaruszewski was 2-for-2 and Jolynn Moloughney , Kayla Martinez and Annastasia Czikora each hit line drives to the outfield.
May 2-5 Little Lads Minors
Forconi Foods, Princeton Nassau battle it out twice
May 5: Forconi Foods and Princeton Nassau Pediatrics battled to a 16-16 tie in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division Softball today. Forconi's Ashley Kmiecik was 3-for-3, Samantha Moloughney went 2-for-3 with a shot to the outfield and Aubrey Cincilla played a great defensive game at second base.
For Princeton, Mia Tramo and Jocelyn Santiago went 3-for-3, Kaitlyn Zuccarello went 2-for- 2 and Erica Barrios hit two doubles.
On May 2, the same to teams played to a 24-24 tie in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division Softball. For Princeton, Tyzanai Brown had a fast glove at first and third base while Marissa Skoglund and Paris Perez each went 3-for-3 at the plate.
For Forconi, Sarah Berenkopf went 3-for-3 and Paige Wilson went 2-for-2 while Briana Tumillo and Ashley Kmiecik both hit line drives to the outfield.
May 3-4 HGSA Instructional
Princeton Chevy drives to a pair of victories
May 4: Julia Mehl and Ayanna Stetzick combined on 11 strikeouts in four innings to pitch Princeton Chevy to a 7-4 win over Kusnirik Law Firm in HGSA Instructional play. Kayla Delehenty, Ceyonne Washington and Cara Mazzucco led Princeton’s 18-hit attack with two hits and one run each. Every girl in Princeton's lineup had at least one hit on the day. Emily Andrusiewcz (2 hits, run) and Naomi Blackburn (hit, run) led Kusnirik.
On Friday, twin sisters Emma and Riley Yorke, along with Cara McCann, provided two hits apiece as Princeton Chevy defeated Jem Trophies, 9-2. Stetzick and Mehl combined for seven strikeouts in three shutout innings, while Ava Estrada making her pitching debut with a solid inning. Allyson Fonnalosi and Rose Mozloom each had hits and scored a run for Jems
May 4 HGSA Minors
Spatola, LaFisca lead Poor Boy over Roma
May 4: Stella Spatola had two hits and three RBI as Poor Boy Subs took an 11-3 win over Roma Savings in an HGSA Minor Division contest. Gianna Casale and Jenna Mastropolo had two RBI each, while pitcher Skyler LaFisca threw a complete game with eight strikeouts. Giana Boulden singled and scored for Roma.
May 3 HGSA Minors
Simco and Kagels duke it out to no avail in tie game
May 3: After five innings with four lead changes, Simco and Kagels fought to a tie in HGSA Minor Division action.
Hanna Babuschak (2-for-2), and Julia Hannawacker had back to back doubles and Abby Simonelli had an RBI groundout to spark Simco's three-run fourth inning. The lead wouldn't hold as Kagels scored three in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game on Avery Kontura's hit.
Johnna Filipponi and added a double, Lizzie Kelly had a triple, and Jayden Glazewski and Abby Elmer scored key runs for Kagels. Becca Bocock went 2-for-3 and struck out 10 in her four innings of work for Simco.
May 2 HGSA Minors
Simco has lots of contributors in win over Roma
May 2: Simco defeated Roma Savings in HGSA Minor Division play, 19-6, tonight. Every batter on Simco scored, with Kendall Fiasco, Mary Moticha, Abby Simonelli, Mia Land, Becca Bocock and Kelsey Smith scoring multiple times. Bocock, Land and Fiasco handled the pitching for Simco. Fiasco, seeing her first action on the mound this year, struck out the last two batters to close out the game.
Katie Philburn had a three-run triple for Roma.
May 1 HGSA Majors
Diszler does it for PBA with game-winning hit
May 1: Emily Diszler drove in two runs, including the game-winner, to pace Hamilton PBA 66 to a 7-6 win over Game Time Performance in HGSA Major Division action. In a game that had an NBA-like eight lead changes, Iliana Nyktas had a triple, two singles and three RBI, while Grace Gaskill, Victoria Comfort and Ashley Veisz added two hits apiece. Nyktas struck out seven in three innings, Ashley Veisz notched the win and Grace Gaskill recorded the save.
Julia Martine led Game Time Performance with a single, double and triple, while Jess Hallam and Kim Buckley added two hits each.
May 2 HGSA Minors
Fillipponi flips the winning switch for Kagel’s
May 2: Kagel's A/C defeated Poor Boys Subs, 14-4, in an HGSA Minor Division game behind the pitching and hitting of Johnna Fillipponi, who went 2-for-2 with a base-clearing triple. Tara Szczepanski was also 2-for-2 and Bella Truelove got her first hit of the season for Kagel's. Poor Boys’ Stella Spatola and Gianna Casale each had a hit.
First Bank takes wins over DeFranks and PBA
First Bank scored five runs in the final two innings than stranded the tying runs on base to pull out a 5-3 win over DeFranks in HGSA Major Division play. Heather Clevenger and Natalie Kozemchak handled the pitching and helped themselves at the plate as well. Olivia Owens had two hits and Haley Schweitzer had a key RBI for First Bank. DeFranks was led by two hits each from Meghan McMahon, Megan Brugnoli and Rachel Pierce, while Angelina Perez and Cora Bridgers combined for a double play.
In a previous game, First Bank took an 8-0 lead and held on for an 11-7 win over Hamilton PBA. Clevenger had two hits and pitched two scoreless innings. Ciara Donaldson and Arlene Ricks also had two hits apiece for First Bank. Victoria Comfort and Iliana Nyktas led the offense for PBA with two hits each.
Apr. 30 HGSA Major Division
Brace Place and Hamilton Mazda can’t decide winner
Apr. 29: Brace Place and Hamilton Mazda played seven innings and into an international tie-breaker before remaining deadlocked, 4-4. For Brace Place (6-0-1), Alex Haley hit a two-run home run and Jenna Colantoni drove in two runs to back pitchers Haley Lestician (11 strikeouts in six innings) and Lauren “Sponge Bob’s Daughter” Coiante. Kaylee Whittaker went all seven innings for Hamilton Mazda (1-5-1) and struck out 14 batters, while Amira Abed scored twice.
Apr. 27-28 Medford Spring Slam
12U Hurricanes take second after reaching finals
Apr. 29 HGSA Instructional
JEM Trophies wins behind 17-hit attack
Apr. 29: JEM Trophies slugged 17 hits in a 9-4 win over Custom Impressionz in HGSA Instructional Division play. Braylie LaFisca and Autumn Felts led JEM with two RBI each, while Bianca Pesce, Allyson Fonollosa, Rose Mozloom, Madalena Creo, Grace Mozloom, Liliana Davila and Felts had two hits each.
Nev Bridgers and Sophia Pintinalli played well for Custom Impressionz.
Apr. 26 HGSA Minors
Weitz has strikeout pitch working for Roma
Apr. 26: Melissa Weitz struck out 12 batters in four innings to pitch Roma Savings over Poor Boy Subs in an HGSA Minor Division game.
Katie Philburn pitched the fifth and scored two runs, while Shannon McCoy singled and Cassidy Palyok scored for Roma. Poor Boy's Skyler LaFisca and Jenna Mastrolpolo combined for 11 strikeouts and Megan Krenciki doubled and scored.
Apr. 28 Little Lads Minors
Princeton Nassau and Forconi play to slugfest deadlock
Apr. 28: Princeton Nassau Pediatrics and Forconi Foods battled to a 28-28 tie in a Hamilton Little Lads Softball Minor Division game. Isabella Bartlett played a great third base and was 4-for-4 for Princeton. Skylar Bowman had a fast glove at short stop and went 4-for-4, while Brielle Maigue hit two line drives to the outfield and was fast on the bases.
For Forconi, Aubrey Cincilla went 4-for- 4 with four RBI while Sabree Fletcher hit a line drive down the third base line, and two line drives into the outfield. Larissa Cooper went 4-for-4 and was sterling on defense.
Apr. 27 HGSA Minors
Kelly stays red hot as Kagel’s A/C tops Roma
Apr. 27: Kagel's A/C defeated Roma Savings, 8-6, in HGSA Minor Division play today as Johnna Fillipponi was 2-for-2 and Lizzie Kelly reached base for the 11th straight at-bat to start the season. Emily Vargas and Caitlyn Scarborough got their first hits of the season as Kagel's improved to 2-1-1.
Cassidy Palyok doubled and played well for Roma.
Krauszer and Land double Simco’s pleasure
Apr. 27: Simco Construction stayed hot in HGSA Minor Division play with an 11-5 win over Poor Boys today. Brynn Krauszer had her first hit of the year, a two-run double, two-run run double, while Mia Land added a double to spark a nine-hit attack.
Kelsey Smith, Becca Bocock Hanna Babuschak and Julia Hannawacker added hits, while Bocock struck out nine in her three scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Stella Spatola and Gianna Casale reached base three times each for Poor Boys.
Apr. 25-26 HGSA Instructional
Stetzick, Mehl have shutout pitches working for Chevy
Apr. 26: Ayanna Stetzick and Julia Mehl combined to blank Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag, 4-0, in HGSA Instructional play today. The two combined for 11 strikeouts, while Christa Andrusiewic and Kayla Delehantly provided the offense.
A day earlier, Olivia Simonelli, Ava Estrada and Cara Mazzucco each had two hits as Princeton Chevy defeated Hamilton Dental, 7-0. Mehl and Stetzick again combined on the shutout. Hope Lestician and Kyra Cribbs both had hits for Hamilton Dental.
Apr. 26 HGSA Minors
Kloutis and Southard triple team Kagel’s
Apr. 26: Sophia Kloutis and Mia Southard had triples to help Simco to a 6-5, come-from-behind win over Kagel’s in an HGSA Minor Division game. Becca Bocock and Mia Land handled the pitching for Simco, with Land picking her first win.
Lizzie Kelly went 2-for-2 and Kiki McCarthy reached safely in each at-bat for Kagels. Johnna Filipponi worked hard in the loss, striking out nine.
Apr. 25 Little Lads Majors
Hauer plays big part in Hamilton Supply win
Apr. 25: Hamilton Supply slipped past DeCou Fire Company 3-2 in their Hamilton Little Lads Softball Major Division matchup. Jillian Hauer turned a double play and scored the winning run when Alyssa Bowling smashed a line drive down the third base line to knock her in. Morgan Moser pitched solidly for the win.
DeCou's Devon Onorati had a hit and RBI and scored the game-tying run in the last inning. Jacyln Chiacchio also contributed a double to DeCou's cause.
HGSA Major Division
Coiante scores more than she lets up for Brace Place
Apr. 24: Winning pitcher Lauren “Sponge Bob’s Daughter” Coiante allowed just two runs over five innings and scored three runs over her own as Brace Place took a 9-6 win over Hamilton PBA in HGSA Major Division play tonight.
Haley Lestician had two RBI, while Caitlin Griggs, Alex Haley, Jen Schulz and Jenna Colantoni each drove in a run in the win. Gracie Gaskill belted a two-run triple, while Aleana Rivera had two hits and a run for PBA.
Apr. 23 HGSA Majors
Lestician, Mehl, Haley pace Brace Place to win
Apr. 23: Winning pitcher Haley Lestician worked five strong innings, Natalie Mehl went 3-for-3 with two runs and Alex Haley doubled in two runs to lead Brace Place (5-0) past First Bank, 3-2, in HGSA Major Division softball. Olivia Owens had an RBI double and Jordyn Varone collected a triple and run for Brace Place.
Eight-year-old Ayanna Stetzick displays the helmet bearing the No. 8 that the Hamilton Hurricanes 10U White softball team wore at the Carteret Kraze Tournament this past weekend. Playing up on the 10s, Stetzick felt sadness for the 8-year-old boy Martin Richard -- who was her age -- who perished in the Boston Marathon bombing and suggested the team put his age on their helmets, which the Hurricanes did in his honor. Below, the entire team shows off the helmets including (from left) Katie Philburn, Kelsey Smith, Emily Mozgai, Gianna Casale, Kirsten McCarthy, Jenna Mastropolo, Cierra Acevedo, Skyler LaFisca, Ayanna Stetzick, Stella Spatola, and Jayden Glazewski (not pictured is Melissa Weitz).
10U HGSA Blue team shows plenty of depth in Carteret
Apr. 21 Little Lads Major
Moser and Czikora help the Hamilton Supply cause
Apr. 21: Hamilton Supply defeated DeCou Fire Company 5-1 in a Hamilton Little Lads Softball Major Division game. Alyssa Bowling was the winning pitcher and was supported by Hayleigh Bowling's two doubles and four RBI's, Morgan Moser's and Annastasia Czikora's big hits and Janie Reed's bat and speed on the bases helped the cause.
Heather Kerlin and Devon Onorati each went 2-for-2 for DeCou, while Amy Paragone and Emma Clugsten also chipped in with hits.
Little Lads Minors
Princeton Nassau and Forconi battle it out
Apr. 21: Princeton Nassau Pediatrics and Forconi Foods battled to a 24-24 tie in a Hamilton Little Lads Softball Minor Division offensive show. Erica Barrios went 3-for-3 and played a great game at shortstop for Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, joining Erin Erdie (3-for-3) and Telihya Marquez (3-for-3) and made great plays at first base.
Forconi's efforts were led by Ashley Kmiecik (3-for-3), who played great in the infield, Gabrelle Fletcher (2-for-2), Jayda Johnson (3-for-3) and Briana Tumill,o who had a strong defensive day and a big hit.
Little Ladies Travel
Bowling, Hauer, Onorati pace Hamilton
Apr. 20: The Hamilton Little Ladies defeated Allentown 20-8 in a travel softball matchup. Winning pitcher Hayleigh Bowling joined Jillian Hauer and Devon Onorati in going 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the offense.
Apr. 20 Little Lads Majors
Bowling & Bowling double trouble for Supply
Apr. 20: Hamilton Supply defeated DeCou Fire Company, 5-2, in today's Hamilton Little Lads Softball Major Division game. Alyssa Bowling and Hayleigh Bowling each hit a double and got an RBI to lead the Hamilton Supply offense, while Jillian Hauer turned a great double play to get Hamilton Supply out of first inning trouble. Deanna Young and Marissa Mayoros pitched well to notch the victory.
For DeCou, Cardarwina Detournelle belted a line drive to center field to collect an RBI and had a quick glove on the pitcher's mound. Amy Paragone had a great hit and was quick on the bases.
Apr. 20 Little Lads Minors
Princeton Nassau and Forconi play tight battle
Apr. 20: Princeton Nassau Pediatrics and Forconi Foods battled to a 19-19 tie in an exciting Hamilton Little Lads Softball Minor Division game. Kaitlyn Zuccarello went 3-for-3 and Jocelyn Santiago went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Princeton Nassau. Saniyah Spell went 2-for-2 and showed off her speed on the bases while Aliana Valdez-Williams went 3-for-3 with two RBI for Forconi.
Apr. 19-20 HGSA Instructional
Stetzick, Mehl pitch Princeton Chevy to two wins
Ayanna Stetzick (5 strikeouts) and Julia Mehl (4 Ks) combined on the shutout as Princeton Chevy defeated Custom Impressionz, 7-0, in HGSA Instructional League play on Friday. Jamison Misier, Riley Yorke and Cara McCann provided the offense with two hits each for Princeton Chevy.
On Saturday, Mehl and Stetzick again shared the pitching duties, striking out five each and helping their own cause with a double and two runs each as Princeton Chevy defeated Kushnirik Law Offices, 11-1. Ceyonne Washington had two hits and two runs scored, while Holly Haduch (2 hits) and Emma Yorke (2 hits, 1 run) also sparked the offense for Princeton Chevy. Madeline Kausch led Kushnirik with a double and a run scored.
Little Lads Majors
Hamilton Supply paced by Hauer and Bowling
Apr. 19: Hamilton Supply defeated DeCou Fire Company, 4-1, in a close Hamilton Little Lads Softball Major Division game. Jillian Hauer went 2-for-2 with a triple and Alyssa Bowling contributed a double to the Hamilton Supply offensive attack. Winning pitcher Hayleigh Bowling was a cat on the mound.
Powering DeCou were Alley Stillitano, who hit a line drive deep to left field for a hit, and Alexis Papa, who hit a shot into the outfield for a hit and an RBI.
Apr. 19 HGSA Minors
Kagel’s and Roma battle it out to a deadlock
Apr. 19: Kagel's A/C and Roma Savings played to a 7-7 tie .Lizzie Kelly had the only hit for Kagel's, but it was a big one -- a bases loaded double. Kelly has started the season 4-for- 4 with three doubles. Tara Szcepanski struck out the last batter with the bases loaded to preserve the tie.
For Roma Nicole Pappas made a great catch in right field and gunned down a runner for a double play. Cassidy Palyok pitched well for Roma.
Mozloom And Fonollosa Toss Combined Shutout
Apr. 18: Grace Mozloom and Allyson Fonollosa tossed a shutout for JEM Trophies in a 1-0 victory over Hamilton Dental in HGSA Instructional play. Autumn Feltz and Bianca Pesce started the final frame of the last inning with back to back singles before Rose Mozloom singled and drove in Feltz for the games only run.
Apr. 16 Little Lads Majors
Jaruszewski, Adigun power Hamilton Supply
Apr. 16: Hamilton Supply defeated DeCou Fire Company, 9 -6, in a Hamilton Little Lads Major Division Softball game. Alyssa Bowling was the winning pitcher, supported by strong offensive games by Nicole Jaruszewski (2-for-2) and Dami Adigun (2-for-2, 2 RBI).
Kathleen Kerlin and Jacyln Chiacchio both went 2-for-2 to bolster DeCou's offense.
Apr. 17 HGSA Majors
Colantoni does it with bat and glove for Brace Place
Apr. 17: Jenna Colantoni went 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI, and was a defensive standout at shortstop, as Brace Place defeated DeFrank's Appliances & Kitchens, 9-0. Winning pitcher Haley Lestician and Natalie Mehl had two hits and two runs each, while Courtney McLaughlin scored a run and started a double play from right field. Rachel Pierce had a hit and a walk for DeFrank's.
Apr. 16 HGSA Majors
Hamilton PBA 66 outslugs Hamilton Mazda VW
Apr. 16: Hamilton PBA 66 evened its record at 2-2 in the HGSA Major Division with a 12-6 victory over Hamilton Mazda VW.
Alicyn Blanchard led the charge with two hits and four RBI, Iliana Nyktas added a three-run double and Victoria Comfort chipped in with a hit and RBI. Ashley Veisz and Nyktas shared the circle for Hamilton PBA 66.
Kaylee Whitaker, and Blake Krauser had two hits apiece for Hamilton Mazda VW.
Apr. 16: HGSA Minors
Mastropolo, LaFisca lift Poor Boys past Roma
Apr. 16: Jenna "Terminator" Mastropolo and Skyler LaFisca combined for eight strikeouts as Poor Boy Sub's defeated Roma Savings, 9-4, in HGSA Minor Division play. Ayanna Stetzick had a single, two RBI, and a run scored, while Emily Mozgai scored two runs.
For Roma, Katie "Just Call Me Katie" Philburn went 2-for-2 with Cassidy Polak and Nicole Pappas chipping in singles.
First Bank deposits a pair of victories
First Bank notched its first win of the year with a 6-2 win over Hamilton PBA, as Arlene Ricks had a double, triple and 4 RBIs. Also adding extra base hits were Olivia Owens, Bailey Pazdan and Kyla Yesonovsky. Heather Clevenger and Natalie Kozemchak combined for the win. Victoria Comfort and Ashley Veisz led the offense for Hamilton PBA
First Bank made it two straight by scoring four in the fourth and three in the fifth for an 8-4 victory over Defranks. Ciara Donaldson, Olivia Owens, Ricks, Clevenger, Jordyn Varrone, Kozemchak, Yesonovsky and Olivia Buote all had hits to lead the balanced offense.
The Pitch, Hit & Run winners from HGSA pose with their trophies and coaches Pete Lestician and Bob Bocock after Saturday's competition. Winners missing from the photo are Simone Pintinalli, Gianna Dimeglio, Kayla Cuevas and Morgan Comfort.
Weekend HGSA Softball
Hurricane players show skills in Pitch, Hit & Run event
14Us average 10 runs per game in winning at Carteret
Kelly and Kontura power Kagel’s Air Conditioning
Kagel's Air Conditioning and Heating took an 8-4 win over Simco Construction in HGSA Minor Division play as Lizzy Kelly went 3-for-3 with two doubles. Avery Kontura added two hits while Johnna Fillipponi and Tara Szczepanski combined to pitch a two-hitter.
Apr. 15 HGSA Majors
Doan’s defense helps Brace Place roll
Apr. 15: Rachel Doan did her best Ozzie Smith impression in Brace Place's 10-1 HGSA Majors win over Hamilton Mazda. Doan was involved in six putouts and assists, including throwing out a runner at first base from right field.
Offensively, Jenna Colantini was 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs and a walk, while Lauren Coiante and Haley Lestician knocked in two runs each, and Jen Schulz and Courtney McLaughlin both scored a run. Kaylee Whittaker singled and scored Hamilton Mazda's only run.
Apr. 14 Little Lads Minors
Forconi Foods and Princeton Nassau Pediatrics tie
Apr. 14: Forconi Foods and Princeton Nassau Pediatrics battled to a tie today in Hamilton Little Lads Girls Softball (Minor Division) today, finishing with a score of 23-23.
The fast glove of pitcher Maya Morales and the awesome defense of Samantha Moloughney at first base were impressive for Forconi Foods. Alexa Fillmore contributed three nice hits to Forconi's attack.
For Princeton, Brielle Maigue went 2-for-2, while Danielle Moser hit a shot over the outfielders heads. Marissa Skoglund had played great defense at third base.
Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede encourages the members of the Hamilton Girls Softball Association to play ball during Saturday's opening day ceremonies at the HGSA complex; and the league's players and coaches (below) couldn't agree more with the Honorable One (Photos by Ken Weingartner).
Click to see HGSA Opening Day Cermonies in pictures
Apr. 10 HGSA Major Division
Haley's comet is soaring as Brace Place wins again
Apr. 10: Haley Lestician continued her fast start to the season, belting a two-run home run in the first inning to spark Brace Place to a 10-0 win over Game Time Performance. She struck out six and scattered three hits with one walk over four innings.
Jenna Colantini (2-for-3, triple, three RBIs, two runs) and Alex Haley (2-for-3, triple, two RBIs, run) were other hitting standouts for Brace Place (2-0), while Kim Buckley had a double for GTP.
HGSA Major Division
Brace Place uses huge rally to overcome Hamilton PBA
Brace Place rallied to a 9-7, season-opening win over Hamilton PBA by scoring the game's final seven runs. Haley Lestician went 3-for-3 with two runs and collected a save for winning pitcher Natalie Mehl, who had two hits and a run, while Rachel Doan knocked in two runs. Iliana Nyktas and Ashley Veisz were offensive standouts for PBA.
The HGSA 14U Blue Hurricanes show off their trophies after winning the 16U Backbreaker Tournament this past weekend.
HGSA Backbreaker Softball
14U Blues play up and win title; 10U Whites finish 3-1
The Hamilton 12U Hurricanes wear smiles and hold trophies after winning the HGSA Backbreaker Tournament over the weekend in dominating fashion.
HGSA Backbreaker Softball Tournament
Hamilton 12U and 10U Blue 'Canes win championships
Displaying their runner-up trophies at the eight-team HGSA Storm Surge Tournament are Hamilton Hurricanes 10U Blue All-Stars, front row, from left, Johnna Filipponi, Becca Bocock, Lizzie Kelly, Avery Kontura, Mia Land and Gracie Gaskill, and, top row, Ciara Donaldson, Natalie Kozemchak, Bella Truelove, Haley Lestician, Alex Haley and Gabbie Fonollosa.
HGSA Hurricanes Softball
10U Blues second at Storm Surge, 12U team goes 2-1
HGSA Minors Playoffs
First rallies past Roma in a battle of the Banks
In game that accrued a lot of interest, First Bank rallied from an early deficit to take a 6-3 victory over Roma Bank in an HGSA Minor Division playoff game.
Roma jumped to a 3-0 victory in the first inning before First Bank mounted its comeback. Nicole Russo went 2-for-3 with three RBI and also pitched five strong innings for the win, while Nicole Cerasi went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Natalie Mehl tossed the sixth for the save.
Kelsey Whalen had two hits and two RBI for Roma.
HGSA Minors Playoffs
‘Kim Possible’ does the impossible for DiMaggio’s
Just call her Kim Possible.
Because when it comes to Kim Buckley, nothing is impossible.
For the second straight game, Buckley delivered a pivotal two-run hit with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the first inning. This time it was a double to help power DiMaggio's Auto Service to a 3-1 quarterfinal-round win over Hamilton Dental Associates in HGSA Minor Division play.
Chloe Lewis knew what to do with the support, firing a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Cassidy Wood, Haley Lestician and Lewis scored for DiMaggio's, while Meaghan McTamney had the lone hit and run for HDA.
Poor Boy clinches first place with win over Massimo’s
Poor Boy Subs defeated Massimo’s, 2-1, to clinch first place in a battle of the top two teams in HGSA Minor Division play.
Poor Boy pitcher Alexis Pope went the distance, striking out 12. She also had a hit and RBI to score Dana Demeo. Madison Balke drove in Courtney Danser for the other run, and Melissa Klosinski added a hit.
Massimo’s had an Alexis of their own dominating in the circle. Alexis Davidson had eight strikeouts and did not allow a run in three innings. Ashley Veisz had the lone hit for Massimo’s.
DiMaggio’s gets by First Bank to clinch third place
DiMaggio's Auto Service shifted into playoff-mode a week early with an 8-0 shutout of First Bank, clinching third place in the nine-team division. Kim Buckley's two-out, two-run single in the top of the first inning jump-started the winners and Lauren Coiante took it from there by pitching a six-inning shutout.
Buckley was 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, Chloe Lewis collected three singles, a walk, three runs and an RBI, and Ashley Kinczel had a hit and a run. Nicole Russo went 2-for-2 for First Bank (6-8), which would have clinched third place with a win.
Soden and Hallam provide the offense for Roma Bank
Madison Soden knocked in three runs and Kelsie Whalen knocked in two in support of Jessica Hallam's pitching as Roma Bank squeaked out an 8-7 win over Hamilton Dental in the HGSA Minor Division. Emma Crane and Victoria Savelli each made great defensive plays to strand the tying run at third base in the last inning.
Hawkins helps DeFrank’s gets past Colgate
DeFrank’s Appliances and Kitchens defeated Colgate Palmolive, 6-2, in HGSA Minor Division play. Talia Hawkins had a triple and two RBI, while Samantha Lee had a double and Iliana Nyktas had a key RBI hit. Hawkins and Clevenger handled the pitching chores.
Hurricane 10U Blue, 8Us take second at Backbreaker
Pope and Comfort carry Poor Boy to riches
If a pope can provide comfort, what can a Pope and Comfort provide together?
How about a win.
Alexis Pope reached base three times, scored a run and had two RBI while Morgan Comfort allowed two hits and one walk while fanning eight in five innings to lead Poor Boy Subs to a 9-2 win over DiMaggio’s Auto Service in HGSA Minor Division action. Madison Balke added a hit and two RBI, while and Dana Demeo drove in a run.
DiMaggio’s Auto Service Chloe Lewis started in defeat, striking out 12 in six innings and delivering two hits and two RBI.
Fast start propels DiMaggio’s to victory over Colgate
There's no better place to break out of an offensive slump than the top of the first inning.
That's when DiMaggio's Auto Service plated its first six batters en route to a 9-6 win over Colgate Palmolive in HGSA Minor Division play. Chloe Lewis led the surge with three hits, two runs and an RBI, and Cassidy Wood, Kim Buckley, Ava Glahn and winning pitcher Haley Lestician added two RBIs each. DiMaggio's, which had scored only two runs in its prior two games, improved to 6-3.
For Colgate Palmolive, Vanessa Rodriguez scored two runs and Sabrina Heineman had a double and a run.
Balke, Danser give Poor Boy 12 reasons to celebrate
It took 12 to make a dozen for Poor Boy.
The Sub girls scored 12 runs to reach 12 wins as Poor Boy took a 12-1 victory over DiMaggio’s Auto Service in HGSA Minor Division play. Madison Balke and Courtney Danser each clubbed two-run doubles, while Jordyn Varone added two walks and two runs scored. Morgan Comfort and Alexis Pope combined for eight strikeouts in five innings in the circle.
Kim Buckley singled home Haley Lestician for DiMaggio’s.
May 19-20 Travel Softball
Hurricane 12U Blues slug their way to Vineland title
Nottingham Insurance gets strong efforts in setbacks
Nottingham Insurance dropped games to Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag (9-4) and Brace Place (9-3) in HGSA Instructional play, but got some strong efforts in defeat. Against Foley’s, Keira McGuiness had a hit and run scored while Ciera Acevedo was 2-for-2 with two runs. Against Brace Place, Melissa Weitz went 3-for-3 with an RBI while Nicole Rende doubled and Katie Philburn struck out two in one inning pitched.
Sister Power! Fiascos and Martzes power PBA 66
It was all about the sisters as PBA 66 took a 6-5 win over Simco Construction in HGSA Instructional League play. Kendall Fiasco and Lexi Fiasco had two hits apiece for PBA, as did Emily Martz and Heidi Martz. T-baller Ayanna Stetzick, playing up a division, had a key strikeout in the final inning to preserve the victory and earn the save in the circle. Johnna Filipponi led Simco with a double and triple.
Roma roams to another win behind Bridgers
Roma defeated Colgate, 10-1, in HGSA Minor Division play behind the complete-game pitching of Cora Bridgers. The Bankers were led by Cecilia Chianese, Christina Weil, Madison Soden and Megan Brugnoli who all had multiple RBI. Niki Harrill was stellar at first base for Roma.
May 11-12 HGSA Instructional
Nottingham insurance wins one, ties one
May 12: Nottingham Insurance came back from a 6-3 deficit in the bottom of the fourth to tie Sir Speedy, 6-6, in HGSA Instructional play today. Nicole Rende brought in the tying runs, while Melissa Weitz went 3-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Nottingham Insurance took a 7-2 win over Hamilton PBA, 7-2, Friday, as Nicole Pappas had her strikeout arm working and tripled with three RBI. Bella Pesce also tripled with two RBI.
May 8 HGSA Minors
Angelini triples her pleasure as Poor Boy Subs rolls
May 8: Poor Boy Subs eked out a 3-2 victory over Joe’s Hamilton Transmission to improve its record to 7-2 in HGSA Minor Division action. Jessica Angelini drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning with a triple.
Morgan Comfort went 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and a run scored while striking out seven in three innings. Alexis Pope got the win by striking out six.
Joe’s Hamilton Transmission was led by Tori Bowen who scored both runs on RBI singles by Grace Cooke, and Alyssa Bowling.
May 7 HGSA Minors
Coiante, Wood and a couple of Haleys pace DiMaggio’s
May 7: After Lauren “Sponge Bob’s Daughter” Coiante kept opposing hitters off-balance with 12 strikeouts through five innings, DiMaggio's Auto Service recorded outs at first, second and third base in the bottom of the sixth to hold off Joe's Hamilton Transmission, 6-5, in an HGSA Minor Division contest tonight. Cassidy Wood collected two hits, two RBI and a run, while Alex Haley had two hits and two runs.
Haley Lestician scored twice, including tagging up on an infield fly out in the top of the sixth to score what turned out to be the sixth and decisive run.
May 5-6 HGSA Blue
Coiante, Gaskell, Haley aid 10U Hurricanes in Jackson
Angelini has the hot hand as Poor Boy tops Dental
Apr. 30: Poor Boy Subs refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it early against Hamilton Dental, recording a 10-1 victory in HGSA Minor Division action.
A two-run double by Melissa Klosinski and a two-run single by Jessica Angelini during the first inning supplied the early offense for Poor Boy (5-2), which took a 9-0 lead after three innings. Angelini had three hits and four RBI for Poor Boy.
Morgan Comfort made the runs stand up as she allowed just one hit, no walks and no earned runs while striking out nine in three innings. Closer Alexis Pope retired the final six batters to record the save. Pope also had a two-run triple that scored Dana Demeo and Courtney Danser.
Nicole Pappas (left) and Autumn Agliata get ready to play some defense for Nottingham Insurance during an HGSA Instructional Division game this past weekend.
Nottingham Insurance wins one and ties one
Apr. 27-28: Nottingham Insurance took a 10-2 win over Simco in HGSA Instructional League action Friday, then played Brace Place to a 3-3 tie on Saturday.
Against Simco, Autumn Agliate was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Bella Pesce went 2-for-2 Cierra Acevedo was 3-for-3. Against Brace Place, Nicole Rende had a two-run double, Katie Philburn was 2-for-3 with a triple and Nicole Pappas had an RBI double.
Apr. 25 HGSA Minors
Wood hits good for DiMaggio in win over Colgate
Apr. 25: DiMaggio's Auto Service used small ball to polish off Colgate Palmolive, 5-3, and improve its record to 4-1 in the HGSA Minor Division.
Cassidy Wood provided a two-run double for DiMaggio's only hit in the two innings in which it scored its five runs. Kim Buckley, Rachel Buckley and Ashley Kinczel also drove in runs to back pitchers Lauren Coiante and Haley Lestician, the winner in relief.
Hailey Kostin went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple and run for Colgate Palmolive.
Apr. 24 HGSA Minors
Adams slugs Poor Boy past Massimo’s in wild affair
Apr. 26: With its head coach grieving over a cracked car windshield suffered at Wednesday’s Steinert-Nottingham game, Poor Boy Subs made him smile by taking a 7-5 win over Massimo’s tonight.
Pitcher Alexis Pope scattered seven hits and struck out seven to get the win in a see saw battle. Poor Boy took the lead for good in the third when Pope hit a two-run triple and Jessica Angelini and Madison Balke added RBI singles. Deandra Adams had double, triple and three RBI for Poor Boy an Megan Comfort had an RBI.
Alexis Davidson had an RBI single and RBI double for Massimo’s, while Serena Campanella had a key hit.
Apr. 24 HGSA Minors
Poor Boy feeling mighty Comfort-able after win
Apr. 24: Poor Boy Subs can take Comfort in the fact they are Rich Girl softball players.
Morgan Comfort was all over the stat sheet in helping Poor Boy to a 5-4 win over Joe’s Hamilton Transmission in HGSA Minor Division softball tonight. Comfort allowed two hits and struck out 11 in 5-2/3 innings in the circle, and had three hits and two RBI at the plate.
Poor Boy took a 3-0 lead in the second when Deandra Adams singled and eventually scored on a single by Victoria Comfort. Jordyn Varone’s bases loaded walk and Morgan Comfort’s single tacked on insurance runs. Karissa Edwards’ fielder’s choice scored Courtney Danser with a third-inning run.
Joe’s Hamilton Transmission rallied for four in the third on bases loaded walks ty Kala Malrine and Jennifer Schalz and a two-run single by Alyssa Bowling. Morgan Comfort won her own game with an RBI hit.
Apr. 22 Travel Softball
HGSA 10U Blues cause a Hurricane Kraze in Carteret
Nottingham gets nice efforts in loss to Sir Speedy
Apr. 21: Sir Speedy took a 6-3 win over Nottingham Insurance in HGSA Instructional action, but the Insurance girls had some strong efforts as Bella Pesce went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and run scored. Cierra Acevedo went 2-for-2, scored a run and pitched well, while Keira McGuiness went 3-for-3 with a run.
Pappas slams PBA as Nottingham Insurance wins
Apr. 20: Nottingham Insurance cancelled Hamilton PBA, 9-4, in HGSA Instructional League action as Nicole Pappas was solid on the mound and hit a grand slam. Sophia Kloutis found her swing on the left side, going 2 for 3 and scoring a run, while Keira McGuiness added to the lead with a hit and a run.
Coiante makes all the right moves for DiMaggio’s Auto
Apr. 19: Lauren Coiante showed she has moves like Jagger in collecting two triples, including a bases-clearing shot, in DiMaggio's Auto Service's 6-0, five-inning win over DeFranks’ Appliances and Kitchens in HGSA Minor Division play.
Cassidy Wood hit a two-run triple and Ashley Kinczel had a bases-loaded walk to back Chloe Lewis, who fired a one-hitter and recorded 14 of her 15 outs via strikeouts. Caitlyn Hallam collected DeFranks' only hit and Talia Hawkins allowed only two runs and struck out 10 in four innings.
Apr. 17 HGSA Minors
Bridgers does it all as Roma Bank tops Joe’s
Apr. 17: Cora Bridgers pitched a complete game and added 4 RBI and two hits as Roma Bank defeated Joes Transmission, 8-1, in HGSA Minor Division action tonight. Victoria Savelli added a triple and single and Kelsey Whalen chipped in with an RBI single. Julia Martine, Jess Hallam and Emma Crane anchored the defense by turning two double plays.
Apr. 16 HGSA Minors
Pope delivers winning sermon at plate and in circle
Apr. 16: An impressive two-way performance from Alexis Pope led Poor Boy Subs to a 3-1 win over First Bank, as Alexis Pope came up huge at the dish and on the rubber. Pope clubbed a double and triple, while allowing no earned runs and two hits in three innings pitched to earn the save.
Morgan Comfort notched the mound win by allowing one run, one walk and two hits while striking out six in three innings. Madison Balke, who clubbed a two-run homer to cap a second-inning rally, Pope and Dana Demeo combined for five hits and three RBI.
First Bank got an RBI single from Kaylee Whittaker, while Blare Krauser and Vladia Trinh each had singles.
Apr. 15 HGSA Instructional Division
Acevedo, Rende bats lead Nottingham Insurance to win Apr. 15: The Nottingham Insurance bats came alive in the second inning for a 6-3 triumph over Foley’s Shop ‘N Bag in HGSA instructional play today. Cierra Acevedo homered, while Nicole Rende had a two-run triple. Contributing on defense were Melissa Weitz and Katie Philburn, who each had their strikeout pitches working.
Masterpolo and Mehl power Hamilton PBA to victory
Apr. 15: Jenna Masterpolo and Julia Mehl each had three hits and two runs scored as Hamilton PBA defeated Simco Construction, 8-7. Emily Martz added two doubles for PBA.
HGSA says Play Ball!!!!And yes, that is exactly what this group of HGSA players are saying into the microphone -- Play Ball!! -- after Saturday's Opening Day ceremonies were completed. The time has come to play ball this spring in the renowned league (Photo by Ken Weingartner).
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HGSA crowns its Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run champions
Apr. 14 HGSA Minor Division
DiMaggio's Auto Service gets in the flow with Chloe
Apr. 14: Winning pitcher Chloe Lewis drove in three runs and DiMaggio's Auto Service scored the final nine runs in a 10-5 win over Hamilton Dental Associates. Lauren Coiante's two-run triple broke a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning and Haley Lestician also had a pair of RBIs while DiMaggio's improved to 2-1.
DiMaggio's had earned its first win by beating Roma Savings, 5-2. Lewis threw a complete-game two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and Cassidy Carroll delivered a two-run single in the triumph.
Apr. 12 HGSA Minor Division
Whittaker, Russo twirl a two-hitter for First Bank
Apr. 12: Kaylee Whittaker and Nicole Russo combined on a two-hitter as First Bank topped Joe’s Transmissions, 3-1. Russo, Natalie Mehl and Ashley Gershnicker had the RBIs, while Ciara Donaldson had two hits for Joe’s.
Apr. 10 HGSA Minors
Brugnoli and Bridgers homer as Roma rolls
Apr. 10: Roma Bank won its third straight HGSA Minor Division game by taking a 7-1 win over First Bank. Megan Brugnoli and Cora Bridgers each homered while Niki Harrill added two hits.
Bridgers also went the distance on the mound and was aided by stellar defense from Victoria Savelli, Julia Martine and Jess Hallam, who all made huge inning-ending plays.
Apr. 9 HGSA Minors
Kaufman’s hit lifts Roma Bank past Poor Boy
April 9: Julianne Kaufman’s sixth-inning single drove in what proved to be the winning run as Roma Bank rallied for a 10-8 victory over Poor Boy in the HGSA Minor Division tonight. Emma Crane handled the pitching for Roma, while Julia Martine tripled and doubled and Cora Bridgers drove in five runs as the Bankers won their second straight.
Apr. 5 HGSA Minors
Poor Boy gets rich thanks to raised Comfort level
Apr. 5: Poor Boy Subs beat Hamilton Dental, 5-3, tonight behind the bat and the arm of Morgan Comfort.
Comfort, whose father eluded a Larkin Search Party throughout the NCAA Tournament, reached base three times, clubbed a homer, scored two runs and drove in one. Comfort got the win in the circle, and struck out eight, outdueling Dental’s Kasey Giordano, who had 11 Ks.
The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes. Poor Boy finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fourth inning and went up for good on a two-run single by Madison Balke, which brought home Natalie Kozemchak and Courtney Danser.
Hamilton Dental had hits by Lauren Texany, Taylor Hawkes Olivia Owens and Meg McMahon.
Apr. 4 HGSA Minors
Gaskill, Ruch spark First Bank’s sixth-inning explosion
Apr. 4: First Bank broke open a tight contest with five sixth-inning runs to take an 11-6 win over Hamilton Dental in HGSA Minor Division play. Gracie Gaskill and Rachel Ruch each had two-run singles in the uprising. Nicole Cerasi (2 runs), Olivia Buote, Marissa Cooper and Kaylee Whittaker all had hits for the Bank.
Hamilton Dental was led by Kasey Giordano (3 hits) and Taylor Hawkes (2 hits).
Flowers blooms with huge hit for victorious Roma
Apr. 4: Melanie Flowers delivered a bases-loaded single to drive in the winning runs as Roma Bank topped Colgate, 5-2, in HGSA Minor Division lay. Cora Bridgers went the distance for the win, while Niki Harrill, Megan Brugnoli and Kelsie Whalen all added RBI hits.
Gershnicker slams DeFrank’s as First Bank triumphs
Apr. 2: First Bank opened the season with a 6-2 win over DeFrank’s Appliances as Ashley Gershnicker clubbed an inside-the-park grand slam to wipe out a 1-0 deficit. Blake Krauszer added a two-run single in the fifth.
Emily Diszler had a key bunt single to start the fourth-inning rally. Nicole Russo and Kaylee Whittaker each pitched three strong innings and had one hit each for the winners.
Members of the Hamilton Hurricanes White display their second-place trophies after falling to their buddies, the Hamilton White team in the championship game of the Storm Surge indoor tournament. Team members include (kneeling) Tori Bowen, Julia Martine; (from left) Breanna Federico, Grace Cooke, Iliana Nytkas, Megan Brugnoli, Taylor Thompson, Heather Clevenger, Kaylee Whittaker; (back row) Gabby Estrada, Chloe Lewis and Kelsie Whalen.
Storm Surge Indoor Softball Tournament
12U Hurricanes Blue tops HGSA White for championship
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May 1, 2015
Mariota to Birds
farce typical of
NFL draft overkill
May 1: On Thursday afternoon prior to the Steinert-Nottingham girls lacrosse game, Spartans Athletic Director Steve Gazdek said it was “Christmas Day” for football fans, because the NFL draft was beginning that night.
Gaz isn’t the only one to call it that, but he was the last one I heard say it before the draft started.
And for Philadelphia Eagles fans, Gazdek could not have been more correct.
Not because they got the gift that they wanted. Quite the opposite, in fact. But the whole lead-up to the draft was, and always is, not unlike getting ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year.
Think about it. In preparing for Christmas, we shop. We decorate. We clean (well, I don’t). We party (I do). We send out cards. We party some more. We wrap presents. We make plans. This goes on for months.And then, Christmas arrives. One day. And boom! Gone.
Sixty days of preparation and the whole thing you’re preparing for, lasts for a tiny blip on the radar screen. It’s like “We did all that, for this?” And half the time it’s a big letdown.
Now, think about Eagles fans. I abhor talk radio, especially the Philadelphia stations because they just beat to death everything Eagles all the time, as if nothing else exists (In fairness, all media outlets in Philly did this with the Mariota thing).
But I do check in the talk shows, every so often, just to see if either Ray Didinger is on (who is the best, hands down), or if they might be talking about something else.
Needless to say, since the end of this past football season, they talked about NOTHING but how the Eagles could go an unprecedented 20th to 2nd to get Marcus Mariota.
They discussed the pros. The cons. Every conceivable deal. Every slick move. Every stupid move. What’s enough? What’s too much? If scientists put as much effort into curing AIDS and cancer, we would be the healthiest planet in the universe.
This went on for days, weeks, months. Same topic, over and over, just re-wrapped in different packages. So what happens on Thursday? The anticipation builds all day, and within 30 minutes, boom! Gone! Tennesse takes Marcus in the second round.
All that planning. All that arguing, all that hashing and re-hashing. And for what? Less than a half hour to realize it didn’t happen.
Now you wait around for New Year’s Eve – which in this case is when the Eagles actually drafted – and hope to salvage the holidays by having a good time and maybe get a kiss from someone who’s good looking.
The whole process is what’s great and terrible about the NFL draft. It’s great for the NFL itself, terrible for people like me, who love watching pro football games but don’t enjoy living the NFL every freakin’ day of the year.
Never have so many wrong predictions been made, than those leading up to draft day. Never have there been more arguments about stuff that won’t even happen. And that is why it’s great for the NFL, because right or wrong, people are talking about the league every hour of every day.
I start to think Roger Goodell and his merry band of owners won’t be happy until every other sport in this country is extinct. I don’t knock them for succeeding. I praise them for their marketing abilities. It’s just not for me, that’s all.
But most people love it, and the NFL seizes that, like any smart business would.
Again, don’t get me wrong. I love NFL football. I live for it in the fall, when it’s played.
But hey, there’s more out there in the world the other seven months of the year.Even if the NFL doesn’t want us to ever explore it.
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Speaking of Christmas, Steinert’s Gaby Bennett might want to set up a tree in May to take care of all the gifts she has been getting.
And they’re all well deserved.
Gaby is in the home stretch of an outstanding career, in which she has stamped herself as one of the great female athletes in Steinert history.
She has won the maximum of 12 varsity letters. She played first singles at tennis for four straight years despite never playing competitive tennis before high school. She was a 1,000-point scorer in basketball. And she’s going to The College of New Jersey for softball – her best sport.
Recently, Bennett has been given scholarships by the Mercer County Softball Hall of Fame and the Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame. This Sunday, she is being given the Renee Keister Award and the Doug Hice Award at the 34th and final Clarence O’Shea Memorial Awards Breakfast.
For those who aren’t aware, Renee Keister is former McCorristin High basketball great who is now Steinert mom Renee Balke. Renee's daughter, Maddy, is teammates with Bennett in softball and basketball. That makes it kind of cool.
So congratulations Gaby. You’ve been fun to cover for four years, despite having to put up with your dad (Love ya Mr. Dolphin!) and I’m sure your future is bright at TCNJ.
And congratulations Renee, for having your award to go to such a class act.
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While we’re on the subject, this is the last Clarence O’Shea breakfast and it will be missed.
For 34 years, the first Sunday in May brought together a plethora of Mercer County sports figures for just a really cool event. Coaches and athletes are honored and awarded, and it just illustrates the unique bond that this county has when it comes to high school sports.
A lot of that had to do with the late Trentonian writer Joe Logue, who covered high school sports for over 50 years, was a huge influence on me, and started the Golden Wave Club that runs the breakfast. I always liked that Joe’s legacy lived on with this event, and I’m sorry to see it go, but with Linda Weise getting the big award and a slew of great kids getting scholarships, it is going out on top. * * * *
They don’t get a lot of publicity, but here’s a shout-out for the Nottingham boys tennis team. The Northstars had lost 22 straight matches at one point into this season, but have come back with three wins. It’s not a lot, but it’s an improvement that deserves a few kudos. Well done fellas.
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The Mercer County Baseball Tournament is upon us beginning Monday, and here is what’s always important to remember. Don’t be surprised to see lower seeds upset higher ones. Sometimes, it’s not even an upset.
Baseball, unlike any other sport out there, is the only one in which a school doesn’t have its best team on the field every game. It all comes down to pitching. When your ace is out there, you have your best tetam. If another team has an ace going against you, it can beat you because that’s their best team.
Case in point, Steinert’s loss to Bridgewater-Raritan this year. The Spartans threw their No. 4, the Panthers threw their No. 1 and Steinert got beat pretty good. But that wasn’t the Spartans “best” team.
Another point to make is that the MCT seeding is based strictly on record, which is never a great indicator, but it’s really the only way to go about it. So, that also can be a little misleading on where a team is bracketed.
I’m not predicting a rash of upsets. I’m just saying, don’t be stunned if and when they happen, because they can occur in baseball more than in any other sport.
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Steinert’s Ryan Mostrangeli has been hitting so good, that when he goes 2-for-4 it is a slump. That’s what he did on Friday at Lawrence, and his average actually dropped from .535 to .532. Time to hit the batting cage Ryan!
Apr. 19, 2015
I hate to say it, but
history tells us that
Mets or Yankees
will win it all by '19
Apr. 19: The Mets and Yanks are feeling pretty good about themselves this weekend after sweeping teams from Florida.
Are they on the precipice of something big?
I’m not sure it will be this year, but it’s not far off.
I despise both teams, but I am here to say that if you are a fan of the Mets or Yankees, take heart. It’s a virtual lock that one of your teams is going to win a World Series within the next five years.
History says so.
It didn’t start well for Gotham. The New York Giants (yes kids, the same franchise that now wins all the time in San Francisco) won the second World Series ever in 1905, and no New York team won another until the Giants won three straight from 1921-23.
In fact, from 1921 through 1962, the longest streak of a non-New York World Series winner was three years. Three years!! The three New York teams won 27 championships during that time, the rest of baseball 15. Think about that. I know as a Phillies fan I sure do...and not with a smile.
Most of that had to do with the Yankees, of course, as they won 20 during that period. But that “less-than-a-decade streak” was in serious jeopardy in the 1960s/early 70s when the Yanks were the worst they’ve ever been (aahhh, they were the days!). The Bombers went without titles from 1963-76 and New Yorkers needed a miracle to keep the less-than-10 streak alive.
And that’s exactly what they got.
It came in 1969 when the 8-year-old Mets – who were one of the worst franchises ever in their first seven years – stunned Baltimore to win the Series. They were dubbed the Miracle Mets and “The Amazins’”, a term the New York Post still uses.
Had the Mets not pulled off the biggest shocker in MLB history, it would have been a 14-year drought in Gotham.
Some lean times have followed, as New York toyed with a decade-long Series drought numerous times. From 1970 to 1995, there were dry spells of seven years (Yanks win in 1977-78), eight years (Mets win in 1986), and the longest one of all, nine years. But still not 10!
We New York haters had to pay for that bliss, however, as the Yanks snapped the skid in 1996 to start a binge of four
titles in five years. That was followed by another eight-year dearth before the Yanks won in 2009.
That was five years ago. As you know by now if you’ve managed to read this far, the famine never reaches 10.
So sometime between now and 2019, either you Mets fans or you Yankees fans can prepare to celebrate.
And yes, it kills me to say that. But hey, you can’t argue with history. * * *
How about Britt McHenry? What a shallow, egotistical, entitled, angry disgrace of a human being she is. For those not familiar with the story, McHenry is the hot blonde sideline reporter for ESPN. Yes I know, I’ll probably have to be more specific since that only narrows it down to a zillion.
Anyway, her car was towed in Virginia and she went off on the cashier at the pound and berated her in just an awful way. She degraded the other woman's job, teeth and weight, while she arrogantly proclaimed "I'm on TV!". (Maybe I should try that sometime. “Hey, I’m on Fish4scores!” How hard would that person be laughing?)
Anyway, a video of this tirade went viral and ESPN gave her a week’s suspension. A week! You have to actually see the video to realize that a week is not enough.
McHenry has her detractors and her defenders, as several columns have been written saying we don't hear what the other person said and that the towing company had a horrible reputation. But we do hear the woman telling McHenry she was on video, so if the cashier knew this was being taped, would she really say something to instigate such responses and risk her own job?
Whatever, Britt got suspended for a measly week.
But think about it.
This has become standard now at ESPN. One of their on-air personalities does or says something outrageous and all they do is get suspended instead of actually fired.
Why? Because the incidents always get great publicity and ESPN knows that once these people return on air, anyone who didn’t know them before, will want to watch them now to see just who these horrible people are. Britt McHenry is more famous now than ever before.
It’s all about the ratings, and jerks like this bump the ratings. Their horrid behavior is the best publicity ESPN could get. And this is a network that has taken self-publicity to unthinkable levels. * * *
Haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t feel bad for Princeton Day School’s Cole McManimon having a game-tying home run taken away from him when it was ruled he missed home plate against Hamilton.
And he was told he missed it by a lot.
As a photo by Hamilton photographer David Bremer showed, that clearly wasn’t the case.
Three high school umpires I have spoken with, who saw Bremer’s photo of Cole’s foot either on the edge of the plate or missing it by a 1,000th of an inch, said they would never have made that call in a million years. Actually, they just said they wouldn’t make the call. I added the million years for effect.
One coach told me “If they made that call against my team they would have had to take me away in handcuffs.”
Hey, everyone makes mistakes, but when it costs a kid one of the most memorable moments he might have in high school, that just plain sucks.
* * *
How about the track & field resurgence in Hamilton Township?
The Nottingham boys have been outstanding for the past seven years and are off to another great start this year. The Hamilton West boys rose from the ashes the past two years and still have some quality athletes who could do well in the state and county meets.
And the Steinert boys – a program that has been in disarray for a long time, had a huge turnout this year and had a nice dual meet win over Hightstown last week. The Spartans have some good weight men, an improving sprinter in Marco Granston and some nice distance runners.
On the girls’ side, Nottingham’s Grace Dwyer is not the only game in town anymore. Hamilton West has made tremendous strides this year and have some strong sprinters, jumpers and throwers. I loved Hannah Donkor’s line the other day, saying “It’s Field and Track” instead of track and field. And Steinert has some quality throwers and distance girls that will also be heard from in states and counties.
The best part is, when you listen to the athletes talk, they are proud of the track renaissance. It’s not just a sport for them to stay in shape. They want to succeed and they want their team to succeed. * * *
What a great night for Nottingham softball on Saturday, winning their tournament and beating a really good East Brunswick team in the title game in walk-off fashion after trailing 2-0.
But I gotta tell you, I was pretty scared when Kristin “Z” Hallam got hit in the back with a pickoff throw and started screaming. Part of it was concern, the other was shock.
Hallam is not just a great player, but a tough, tough kid. When you hear someone like that crying loudly and yelling she can’t feel her arm, it’s frightening.
And I can only imagine how her teammates and family members felt.
Fortunately, she hung in there and scored the winning run, although she did say today that her back was “a little sore.” When I told her she scared the hell out of me, she said “I scared the heck out of myself!”
* * *
Congratulations to Bob Hutchinson, who came in 12 minutes under the over-under mark set for his Steinert Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night.
His championship softball team was inducted last year and the extremely popular Hutch proceeded to give one of the longest speeches in HOF history.
I was informed this year by former Spartan trainer/coach Ron Sebastiani that the over-under was 17 minutes, and the actual speech took five.
Congrats Hutch, on the well-deserved honor and on the brevity!
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Note to Brian “The Chef” Giallella. Stop scheduling games on the same day of the Steinert Hall of Fame dinner. It seems you lose all the time on that day. Instead, you should help the kitchen prepare the dinner for that night.
Apr. 5, 2015
The blog is
Apr. 5: What better day to resurrect this blog than Easter Sunday, right?
Happy Easter everybody, I hope you’ve all had a good past eight months while I’ve been gone, and I hope you have a nice holiday today.
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So, how about this Steinert baseball team. When you talk about amazing starts to a season, it doesn’t get better than what the Spartans have done.
In their first two games, they rally to tie it in the seventh and win it in the bottom of the eighth. That’s a tough act to follow, and yet yesterday the Spartans beat the No. 1 ranked team in the state.
What was most impressive about that feat is that Steinert did it legitimately. OK, maybe a few of the big hits got help from the wind, but for the most part, Steinert stung the ball against one of the state’s best pitchers. The Spartans pitching harnessed an attack that had scored 27 runs in two games, and the defense was nearly flawless.
Kudos to both coaches afterward. Brian “The Chef” Giallella did not gloat over the win and kept things in perspective. GC’s Mike Rucci took his team to task, saying it did nothing right. But at the same time he praised the Spartans for their effort and gave them their due credit.
It was a great day at Fort Giallella, which is abuzz these days with the addition of Jim “Chorizo & Eggs” Geraci as the public address announcer.
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Since this is the first blog in 8 months, I must take time to acknowledge our new Athlete of the Week sponsor, Rossi's Tavern on Whitehorse Road. Alan Meinster, Mike Rossi and the crew have been awesome to work with.
And for those who don't know, the legendary hamburger establishment is now running a Sunday brunch from 10 to 2, so check it out. Good stuff!
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Who said Rutgers fans don’t have any rooting interest in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament?
If Wisconsin can defeat Duke Monday night, the Scarlet Knight faithful can proudly say their team beat the team that went on to win the national championship. Of course, the Badgers didn’t have Frank Kaminsky in that game, and the win was followed by 13 straight losses to end the season, so make of it what you will.
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I’m wrestling with what to make of Kentucky after last night. Everyone says it’s a special team, it went 38-0, blah blah blah. But, how special can a team be that doesn’t even make it to the finals?
I understand that this was a team that could have let egos get in the way with so many superstars, and they all banded together, sacrificed playing time and had one heck of a run. I still think, however, they are a better team than Wisconsin. And when you’re the better team and you don’t win, that takes a little shine off the “special” tag.
I myself think
Wisconsin is pretty special. They are a fun team to watch (as was Kentucky) and they use their personnel to perfection. Sam Dekker is the perfect complement to Kaminsky, who is unique just by the fact he always looks like he’s five seconds away from dozing off.
And the biggest thing Wisconsin did, was make life normal again for all of us Duke haters. The scuttlebutt was that if Duke and Kentucky met in the finals, this would be one time everyone rooted for Duke because it was the underdog (I would have rooted for Kentucky).
As it turns out, we don’t have to worry about it anymore. Goooooo Badgers!!!
* * *
So I have a 17-game season ticket plan for the Phillies, and I was complaining on Friday night because one of the games in my plan was the exhibition game with the Pirates.
Well, kudos to the Phils for pulling a class act. Because of the bad weather, anyone with tickets to that game can exchange their stubs for any game in April besides opening day.
Granted, Phils will be hurting for fans this year. But still, it’s a nice gesture.
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This is way overdue and something I would have written in February if I had a blog in February. But this issue of Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana as the greatest quarterback is interesting.
Most people seem to think Montana is the better QB because he went 4-0 in the Super Bowl. He never lost. Brady, of course, is 4-2. So because he has won as many Supes as Montana, but lost two, he is not as great.
So, what does that mean? We are penalizing our quarterbacks for making it to the Super Bowl? If you make it and lose, it diminishes your value?
And of course, the most ludicrous reason I ever heard (from a Philadelphia radio host) is that Montana is greater because he beat better quarterbacks.
There is no more useless stat in sports than a quarterback’s record vs. another quarterback, because they are playing against the defense. I don’t know what the statistics are, so I’m not sure how good the defenses were that Montana beat, as opposed to the defenses that Brady beat. But that is what should determine this argument, don’t you think?
Let’s put it this way. One of the great defenses of all time was the 1985 Chicago Bears. The quarterback of that team was a charismatic but hardly great Jim McMahon. Let’s just say the Patriots beat the Bears in that Super Bowl (instead, they got blown out).
Going by this radio host’s barometer, New England quarterback Tony Eason’s feat wouldn’t be all that great because he only beat McMahon. When, in fact, he actually beat a legendary defense.
Anyway, I’m putting Brady as the greatest. I think getting to six Super Bowls and winning four of them is pretty damn impressive, especially when it took a miracle catch in one of his losses to beat him.
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OK, I know this blog is pretty boring. But hey, it’s been a while. I’m just warming up.
The next one I write will be VERY boring. :)